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NEW RESEARCH ANALYZES MILLIONS OF TWITTER POSTS DURING HURRICANES TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE COMMUNICATE IN A DISASTER

The study suggests that monitoring social media during hurricanes could help communities better plan for and mitigate the impacts of climate change  In the face of a potentially disastrous storm like Hurricane Ida, people take to Twitter and other social media sites to communicate vital information. New research published in the journal Risk Analysis suggests that monitoring and analyzing this social media “chatter” during a natural disaster could help decision makers learn how to plan for and […]

STUDY FINDS AN OIL SPILL IN THE CANADIAN ARCTIC COULD BE DEVASTATING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

As melting sea ice brings more ships through the Northwest Passage, new research shows that Canada must prepare for the costs and consequences of an Arctic oil spill The growing rate of ice melt in the Arctic due to rising global temperatures has opened up the Northwest Passage (NWP) to more ship traffic, increasing the […]

AFTER THE BIG STORM: HOW TO SUPPLY EMERGENCY POWER TO RESIDENTS OF RURAL AND SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES DURING MULTI-DAY OUTAGES

New research suggests that cooperative strategies for sharing emergency power among households can be 10 to 40 times less costly than running individual gas-powered generators As demand for electricity rises and climate change brings more frequent and extreme storms, residents in rural and suburban communities must have access to the minimal electricity they need to […]

WHAT MOTIVATES NATURAL RESOURCE POLICYMAKERS IN AFRICA TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

New research finds that social norms and experience with extreme weather events influence professional action on climate change in East Africa Climate services are vital tools for decision makers addressing climate change in developing countries. Science-based seasonal forecasts and accompanying materials can support climate risk management in agriculture, health, water management, energy, and disaster risk […]

HOW COULD RISING SEA LEVEL IMPACT THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM?

Experts analyze the impact of sea level rise on flood insurance for a New York City neighborhood Insurance policy premiums from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) allow policyholders to maintain a lower, grandfathered rate even when the risk escalates. But as coastal flooding increases due to rising sea level and more intense storms, new […]

CAN THE WORLD AVOID ANOTHER GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS?

New research suggests that rising social inequality must be addressed to reduce risk within the world’s financial system More than a decade later after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers triggered a global economic crisis, experts still debate the question: How could one incident endanger the world’s entire financial system?  In new research published by the […]

TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF DRIVER EDUCATION

New research shows that a positive approach works best to promote safe driving New drivers between the ages of 15 and 25 account for nearly half of the more than one million road deaths that occur worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Educational programs often use fear-based messaging and films of crash […]

PEOPLE BLAME A VEHICLE’S AUTOMATED SYSTEM MORE THAN ITS DRIVER WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

A new study looks at the public perception of blame and responsibility in semi-AV crashes Experts predict that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will eventually make our roads safer since the majority of accidents are caused by human error. However, it may be some time before people are ready to put their trust in a self-driving car. […]

NEW RESEARCH: MONITORING ONLINE POSTS BY CONSUMERS COULD HELP IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY

Computer scientists use text mining of online consumer reviews to identify foods that pose health risks An estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness are contracted in the United States every year, causing about 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In some instances, the source is well known, such […]

Two New Studies Offer Ways to Avert Accidents and Workplace Injuries for American Workers

Human error is a causal factor in up to 80 percent of workplace accidents. A new study measuring the eye movements and cognitive processes for at-risk workers, sheds new light on the potential to avert accidents and possibly prevent workplace injuries. The study “Measuring attention, working memory, and visual perception to reduce risk of injuries in the construction industry,” by […]