In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers Climate Change and Andean Society

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Pub. Date: 2010-04-07
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Summary

Climate change is producing profound changes globally. Yet we still know little about how it affects real people in real places on a daily basis because of most of our knowledge comes from scientific studies that try to estimate impacts and project future climate scenarios. In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers, illustrates in vivid detail how people in the Andes, where global climate change has generated the world's most deadly glacial lake outburst floods and glacier avalanches, have grappled with the effects of climate change and ensuing natural disasters for more than half a century. Successful scientific studies and engineering efforts to prevent additional catastrophes, it shows, have simultaneously helped commodity glaciers, erode local authority, and unleash contested modernization agendas. Book jacket.

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Assistant Professor of History, Washington and Lee University

Table of Contents

Note on Textp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Melted Ice Destroys a City: Huaraz, 1941p. 19
Georacial Disorder beneath Enchanted Lakesp. 45
Engineering the Andes, Nationalizing Natural Disasterp. 67
High Development Follows Disastersp. 97
In Pursuit of Danger: Defining and Defending Hazard Zonesp. 121
The Story of Vanishing Water Towersp. 147
The Risk of Neoliberal Glaciersp. 165
Conclusionp. 189
Appendixp. 199
Selected Cordillera Blanca Glacial Lake Security Projectsp. 199
Glacier-Related Disasters in Cordillera Blanca Historyp. 200
Government Entities Conducting Glacier and Glacial Lake Projectsp. 201
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 265
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