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Natural disasters appear to be on the rise worldwide, their increasing frequency and far-reaching devastation demand the attention of society. But do natural disasters really occur more often than before? Globalization has led to more direct linkages to distant places than existed in the past. The rising interconnectedness and dependency within human systems increase in complexity while the nature of those connections gets more complicated and the number of system elements increases. Managing Natural Catastrophies argues that the key to finding a more effective response to natural disasters is to understand their many preventable causes.