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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 149 Living with a Serial Killer: Life on Planet Earth

Floods, hurricanes, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis...the planet has a full arsenal of weapons with which to kill you. Worse yet, this killer doesn't profile its victims; we're all potential targets. During the 20th century millions of people lost their lives to natural disasters. Can we do anything about these hazards? Should we manipulate earth systems and natural processes? Can we make matters worse? This seminar examines the legal, ethical, and financial ramifications of these questions.