07 Sep '11, 3pm

A Hidden Factor Behind Losses in Texas Fires:

A Hidden Factor Behind Losses in Texas Fires:

A Hidden Factor Behind Losses in Texas Fires By ANDREW C. REVKIN Fire damage in Texas. Click for a video report . The stunning scope of the damage from the wildfires (and the set fires ) sweeping a Connecticut-size area in Texas (live map ) is partly a result of extreme drought , but also a function of the extraordinary growth in populations and suburban development in parts of the state in the last half century.* People working to limit losses from inevitable disasters gauge the scope of risk using a rough formula (more sophisticated versions are discussed below): Hazard x Vulnerability [ x Exposure ] = Risk -> Impact Bastrop County near Austin — the site of the biggest fire , and most extensive damage — is a case in point. The population of the county has quadrupled since 1970, as I showed in the graph I made from U.S. Census data and posted on my revkin.tumblr.com site ...

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