Environment & Urbanization

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Book notes

In surveying how recent famines differ from those in previous eras, Mass Starvation makes some provocative points. One is that the incidence of modern famine is exaggerated, partly because of media cycles and political calculations.

Children driven from their homes — by conflict, poverty or other difficulties — are a particularly vulnerable group, with a range of urgent physical and emotional needs.

Space Invaders departs from the premise that “there is a geographical logic to all forms of protest” (page 1). To understand a range of recent protest movements, it uses a radical geography lens.

Policymakers and donors are calling for a paradigm shift in humanitarian response in urban areas: moving away from processes focused on individuals or households to approaches that intervene at a larger scale.

Au Niger, les inondations se situent en deuxième position des catastrophes naturelles après les sécheresses. Dans la ville de Niamey, l’arrondissement communal 5 situé sur la rive droite du fleuve Niger subit de façon régulière des dégâts liés à cette catastrophe.

There is increasing awareness of the importance of humanitarian agencies supporting and collaborating with local actors in order to restore city functions following humanitarian crises.

Ce rapport présente les résultats d’une enquête qualitative sur le phénomène du vigilantisme en Haïti.

The authors of Seeing like a City acknowledge their title has been used before, but they openly borrow it. The scholarship in this book presents “cities as forcing houses” (page 1).

Angola’s civil war caused a massive population movement from rural conflict areas to low-lying coastal zones. More than half of Angola’s 27 million people now live in urban coastal settlements, floodplains and steep ravines vulnerable to climate extremes.

This large compendium explores the importance of writings about a city to how cities become embedded in the popular imagination. V.S.