Vision For Rebuilding Sri Lanka
Arthru C. Clarke has posted an article on the Clarke Foundation website.
In it, Clarke outlines many of the problems and activiities of man that have worn down natures natural defenses against the elements, some of which might have reduced the impact the tsunami had on Sri Lanka. whether it is the destruction of the coral reefs or the the mangrove forests, Clarke points out that these have a roll to play in keeping the ravages of nature in check.
Give it a read, it is well worth it.