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THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF VOLCANO ALERTS

While volcano alerts keep risk-area residents informed of volcanic hazards, a new study finds that alerts issued during long periods of volcanic unrest can negatively impact a region’s economy Herndon, Va. (February 26, 2021) – The Volcano Alert Level (VAL) system, standardized by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 2006, is meant to save […]

MAPPING COVID RISK IN URBAN AREAS: A WAY TO KEEP THE ECONOMY OPEN

Researchers in India use GIS mapping to identify city neighborhoods at highest risk of a COVID outbreak—helping officials place targeted restrictions to avoid an economic shutdown Herndon, Va. (March 24, 2021) – As COVID-19 vaccines slowly roll out across the world, government officials in densely populated countries must still manage vulnerable communities at highest risk […]

HOW MANY COUNTRIES ARE READY FOR NUCLEAR-POWERED ELECTRICITY?

A study of 126 nations suggests that many lack the capacity to safely deploy nuclear power on their own As demand for low-carbon electricity rises around the world, nuclear power offers a promising solution. But how many countries are good candidates for nuclear energy development? A new study in the Journal Risk Analysis suggests that […]

SOCIETY FOR RISK ANALYSIS RELEASES RISK ANALYSIS QUALITY TEST

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) has launched a Risk Analysis Quality Test (RAQT), a battery of many one-question tests, as an innovative approach to evaluate the quality of risk analyses supporting risk management decisions. SRA encourages risk analysists, decision makers, experts and non-experts, to apply this battery of tests to evaluate all aspects of […]

MICROGRIDS AND SOLAR REDUCE RISK OF POWER OUTAGES

Embargoed for Release Until December 7, 2021 New research on microgrids and solar backup systems, and a wildfire outage vulnerability map for the state of California Climate change is fueling more floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms across the United States. As a result, aging power grids are being pushed beyond their limits, sometimes with […]

TRACKING INEQUITIES AND HEALTH IMPACTS OF FLOODING

Embargoed for Release Until December 9, 2021 New research demonstrates the inherent inequities of flood protection and offers a better understanding of flooding cost and health impacts Flooding is the most expensive natural disaster in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), costing the country more than $1 trillion in […]

STUDY FINDS THAT HIGHWAY DELAYS CAN CAUSE ECONOMIC LOSSES OF $8 MILLION TO $250 MILLION IN A SINGLE DAY

Embargoed for Release Until December 8, 2021 Researchers analyze the economic cost of disruptions to a critical transportation network in Virginia, including a hurricane evacuation The shutdown of the Colonial gas pipeline in May 2021 had a disastrous impact on many sectors of the U.S. economy, particularly those dependent on the country’s transportation infrastructure. The […]

THE HUMAN AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Embargoed for Release Until December 7, 2021 New research reveals the economic costs of behavioral responses to the pandemic in the U.S. Throughout its unsteady course, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the behavior of businesses and households.  Those behavioral changes, intensified by government actions like mandatory closures, have had a reverberating impact on the U.S. […]

STUDY SHOWS THAT INCREASED VOTING BY MAIL DOES NOT REDUCE THE SECURITY OF U.S. ELECTIONS

The findings are based on a data analysis of potential risks identified in a mail voting “attack tree” Herndon, Va. (January 24, 2022) – Results of a study published in the scientific journal Risk Analysis indicate that the recent increase in mail-based voting due to COVID-19 has not jeopardized the safety of the U.S. elections […]

WHICH POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES MAKE PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO DISMISS THE RISK OF COVID-19?

New research looks beyond the simple liberal vs. conservative divide Herndon, Va. (February 1, 2022) – A study published in the journal Risk Analysis suggests that people who embrace the ideologies of libertarianism and anti-egalitarianism are more likely to disregard the risks of COVID-19 and oppose government actions.  Assistant professor Yilang Peng of the University […]