Lecture 4 Tuesday January 14 th
Is Sustainability enough?
85% of the wealth in the world is given to the top Fifth.
1% is given to the world’s poorest fifth.
300 wealthiest people equal the same annual income of 41% of the human population
What is a suitable ethical framework for Earth-Systems Engineering?
At least both of these are necessary
Sustainability more complicated than rocket science.
Minimizing the RISK and scale of unplanned or undesirable perturbations in such systems is an
obvious E.S.E (Earth System Engineering) objective – Allenby RISK MANAGEMENT
Risk Analysis and Risk Management
How to mitigate (geological) HAZARDS
Minimize damage and loss of life/injuries
Similar approach used for ALL types of risks
Haiti 2010 Earthquake deaths ~ 300,000
Risk analysis and risk management for a proposed nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario shore
just west of Kingston.
The government of Ontario proposes to build a Nuclear Reactor on the shore of Lake Ontario
- Our task: carrying risk analysis and risk management study, for the government, focused
on seismic risk Earthquake risk
Risk analysis and Risk management
- We carry this out in order to minimize damage from Hazards, Disasters and
Catastrophes – define these terms:
Hazard: something which might cause harm to