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AGU 2013: Social Science Perspectives on Natural Hazards

Learn about improving communication of and planning for natural hazards from a social science perspective at AGU2013.

by |December 9, 2013

A Tip of the Psychological Scales, and What it Means for Conservation Efforts

Despite their differences, both humanitarian crises and environmental issues are faced with an unending struggle to engage the public. A recent study reveals a new psychological mechanism confronting conservation efforts, and points the way to overcoming obstacles related to inaction.

by |September 20, 2013

Managing Hazard Risk and Weather Extremes at AGU

Researchers from the Earth Institute’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions will present their work at the 2012 American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco this week. Psychology doctoral candidate Katherine Thompson will present a poster entitled “The Psychology of Hazard Risk Perception”; and visiting research scholar Diana Reckien will present a poster entitled “Realities of Weather Extremes on Daily Life in Urban India—How Quantified Impacts Infer Sensible Adaptation Options.”

by |December 3, 2012

Understanding the Mind as the Temperature Climbs

Warnings of potentially cataclysmic climate change have reached nearly every newspaper front page and legislative chamber around the globe since the 1990s. So why has the human response been so limited?

by |June 28, 2011