The end of the world as we know it?
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
This philosophical puzzle is front of mind for geographer Dale Dominey-Howes as he examines how people process natural disasters. Does it still constitute a ‘disaster’ if it occurs in an unpopulated area and no one is affected? In answering this question, Dale will explore the difference between hazards and disasters and uncover the most catastrophic natural tragedies of all time. He will also dissect the inextricable link between climate change and natural disasters and discuss what's in store for our planet.
Meet geography extraordinaire, Dale Dominey-Howes, expert in all things disastrous and hazardous. Dale has done extensive work globally on natural hazards such as earthquakes, river floods, tropical cyclones, tsunami, volcanic eruptions and bushfires.
He also consults in organisations such as the United Nations, The World Bank, the State and Federal government and is currently the Chairman of the United Nations UNESCO-IOC Post-disaster Policy and Protocols Working Group.