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Disasters, Pandemic! 2, Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergencies
ECOLOGY: Will we succumb to the temptation to want ignorance? The eco-revolution must either be global or it is nothing.


The Covid-19 pandemic brought risks to light that only a few had foreseen – a hundred years after the Spanish flu. Many questions emerge about our new life with the pandemic. But also the summer heat, forest fires and floods raise new questions about our vulnerability.

In Denmark, the Danish Emergency Management Agency has defined a disaster as something you «cannot handle with the emergency preparedness you have available». But as Kristian Cedervall Lauta also points out in his book «Disasters», disasters also produce an experience that provides opportunities for learning and new insights – about «dealing with climate crises, biodiversity, new technologies, war and collapse».

Lauta's intention with the book is to start a conversation about what it is «we should change in order to keep living». And then he asks, “What did you learn? COVID-19 us about Denmark and the Danes? Were we evil or good, solidary or greedy, who were vulnerable, what kept society afloat, and what could our institutions do? Who was right and for what? ”

As a law professor specializing in disaster, Lauta brings forth many descriptions of the circumstances of disasters and accidents. In a concluding chapter, Lauta explains what disasters. . .

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Niels Johan Nielsen
Juhl-Nielsen resides in Copenhagen.

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