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Explore a Low-Carbon Future & the Tradeoffs in Climate Geoengineering
Benjamin K. Sovacool, professor at Boston University, University of Sussex, and Aarhus University, joins the podcast to discuss his new research on climate geoengineering. Sovacool dives into the risk tradeoffs of carbon removal and solar radiation management. His research highlights different risks in the climate system, and the institutional, political, behavioral, social and cultural risks that accompany deployment of new technology. To close out the podcast, Sovacool shares the three policy implications from the study.
A New Metric to Fight Inequity in Home Evaluations
Dr. David Johnson, professor of industrial engineering with a joint appointment of political science at Purdue University, joins Let’s Talk Risk to discuss his most recent work on the inequities and health impacts of flooding. States and communities struggle when thinking about how to better incorporate equity consideration into their planning process. To combat this, Johnson explains a new metric to evaluate projects that normalize the value of homes: treating all households the same. Instead of trying to prioritize projects based on protecting value, Johnson and his fellow researchers created an alternative metric that thinks about protecting households, irrespective of their value.
The Importance of Consumer Willingness to Pay for Sustainable Products
There are plenty of environmental issues plaguing the world today. Whether it’s climate change, water shortage or waste, it always boils down to one thing: consumption patterns. Prerna Shah, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo, joins the podcast to share her and Dr. Janet Yang's research where they analyze whether communication can help dispel inaccurate beliefs on sustainable products and if it can drive people toward more positive behavior.
All Things Extreme Weather Events: Outages, Patterns, Restoration, & More
Nicole Jackson, Ph.D., of Sandia National Labs, joins the Let’s Talk Risk podcast to talk about her work analyzing how extreme weather events and climate hazards impact physical infrastructures. Jackson shares her experiences on researching how long outages are and how many people were affected to get a sense of the duration of the event and the kind of magnitude of the event from a human perspective. This conversation covers how communities are equipped for extreme weather events, energy equity, resiliency of different countries, socio-economic factors, and more.
A Closer Look at the Risk of Mail-In Ballots
Natalie Scala, associate professor at Towson University, joins the podcast to discuss her recent research on evaluating mail-based security for electoral processes. Since the 2020 Presidential Election took a dramatic shift, it was time to look at what was happening on the ground. When you strip the politics out, a fundamental question of the dramatic scale up of mail voting remains: Did mail-in voting introduce additional risks to the election process?
COVID-19 is a Risk Communication Failure. How Do We Avoid This in the Future?
Jose Palma-Oliverira, professor at the University of Lisbon, joins the podcast to talk all things risk communication regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Oliverira discusses the importance of having a trusted communicator and understanding the audience's belief systems, the population's perception of the communicator, the contradiction between individual rationality and global rationality, and much more. Without this understanding, Oliverira notes that the communicator will lose their audience and explains how to avoid this.