Technological Risk Versus Natural Catastrophe

by Leona Marshall Libby

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The risk of death from unavoidable natural catastrophes is compared with risk of death from the electrical industry, including nuclear power. The unavoidable natural catastrophes considered here are death from meteor falls, from climatic deterioration caused by changes in amount of sunlight reaching the earth, and from supernovas. Such comparisons may help government agencies balance public risks against public benefits in planning for new technologies.

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