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The Resource Worst-case scenarios, Cass R. Sunstein

Worst-case scenarios, Cass R. Sunstein

Label
Worst-case scenarios
Title
Worst-case scenarios
Statement of responsibility
Cass R. Sunstein
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Nuclear bombs in suitcases, anthrax bacilli in ventilators, tsunamis and meteors, avian flu, scorchingly hot temperatures: nightmares that were once the plot of Hollywood movies are now frighteningly real possibilities. How can we steer a path between willful inaction and reckless overreaction?" "In this vivid, illuminating, and highly original analysis, Cass Sunstein explores these and other worst-case scenarios and how we might best prevent them. Singling out the problems of terrorism and climate change, Sunstein describes our susceptibility to two opposite reactions: panic and utter neglect. He shows how private individuals and public officials might best respond to low-probability risks of disaster - emphasizing the need to know what we will lose from precautions as well as from inaction. Finally, he offers an understanding of the uses and limits of cost-benefit analysis, especially when current generations are imposing risks on future generations." "Throughout, Sunstein uses climate change as a defining case, because it dramatically illustrates the underlying principles. But he also discusses terrorism, depletion of the ozone layer, genetic modification of food, hurricanes, and worst-case scenarios faced in our ordinary lives. Sunstein concludes that if we can avoid the twin dangers of overreaction and apathy, we will be able to ameliorate if not avoid future catastrophes, retaining our sanity as well as scarce resources that can be devoted to more constructive ends."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sunstein, Cass R
Dewey number
320.60973
Index
index present
LC call number
HM1101
LC item number
.S864 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Risk perception
  • Policy sciences
  • Climatic changes
  • Terrorism
  • Ozone layer depletion
Label
Worst-case scenarios, Cass R. Sunstein
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
76836276
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780674025103
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006052942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)76836276
Label
Worst-case scenarios, Cass R. Sunstein
Publication
Note
"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
76836276
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780674025103
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006052942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)76836276

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