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Dec 20, 2016, 08:45 ET Society for Risk Analysis: New Crew-Scheduling Approach Could Cut Air Travel Delays, Save Airlines Millions

Flight delays happen most frequently during peak holiday seasons, but no matter when they occur, late arrivals and departures can aggravate...


Sep 27, 2016, 08:00 ET Contrary To Cliche, The Elderly Will Take Medical Risks Given Enough Benefits

We tend to think that older people are likely to avoid taking risks, especially compared with younger people. But a new study comparing decisions...


Sep 01, 2016, 08:45 ET Accurate Tools Can Help Vulnerable Areas Prepare For Disasters, Recover Afterward

 How well is your community (or your country, for that matter) prepared to recover from a disaster, such as the devastating floods that swept...


Jul 26, 2016, 08:30 ET As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions On Who And When To Warn

 A group of risk experts is proposing a new framework and research agenda that they believe will support the most effective public warnings...


Jun 28, 2016, 08:00 ET Next Flu Pandemic Could Double Past Cost Estimates

A pandemic influenza outbreak in the United States could have widespread economic costs nearly double the total amounts experts have previously...


Apr 26, 2016, 14:47 ET How Can Regulators Know Which Of The 80,000 Manufactured Chemicals Pose Risks?

 A team of federal government researchers has successfully pilot tested a new method to more quickly and cheaply collect data that can help...


Jan 26, 2016, 11:58 ET Food Imported From Low-GDP Nations Poses Higher Safety Risks, Study Finds

Food imported into the United States from countries with a low gross domestic product (GDP) poses higher risks than food from richer countries,...


Dec 21, 2015, 12:57 ET Love In The Time Of Ebola: Study Reveals Factors Bolstering Altruism In Face Of Risk

When the Ebola epidemic broke out in 2014, many people responded with fear and loathing, calling for travelers from West Africa to be quarantined,...


Oct 29, 2015, 09:45 ET U.S. Airlines Learning From Accident Close Calls, But They Can Try Harder, Study Finds

 Travel via large U.S. commercial airlines is among the world's safest transportation modes, but airlines may be lulled into a false confidence...


Jan 27, 2015, 15:18 ET Bad Weather Warnings Most Effective If Probability Included, New Research Suggests

 The public is more likely to trust and comply with bad weather warnings--such as for winter snowstorms and icy roads--if authorities give...


Dec 17, 2014, 11:50 ET Risk Study Finds Compact Development Reduces Regional Air Pollution, May Harm Local Health

 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact...


Nov 18, 2014, 12:40 ET Focus Of Upcoming Denver Risk Conference Ranges From Fracking To Marijuana To Natural Disasters

At this year's exciting SRA conference in Denver, more than 600 experts in environment, public health, natural hazards, engineering, public policy,...


Sep 30, 2014, 09:45 ET Mysterious Balkan Disease's Likeliest Risk Factor Also In Chinese Medicines

Risk analysts have examined extensive health evidence to conclude that a toxin produced by a weed commonly found in certain grain fields in Balkan...


Jan 24, 2014, 11:15 ET European Scholars Find Prior Experience Heightens Perceptions Of Disaster Risks

People who have experienced a disaster such as an earthquake, flood, or terrorist attack have a heightened perception of the risks posed by these...


Oct 31, 2013, 12:15 ET Residents Weigh Global Benefits And Local Risks In Views Of Climate Change Measures

An emerging method to store global warming carbon dioxide (CO2) underground faces challenges in gaining public acceptance, especially when the...


Sep 27, 2013, 11:15 ET "Worldviews" Shape Parents' Approach To Vaccinating Their Children

New research suggests that a person's cultural "worldview" helps explain much of the opposition to vaccination evident in the United States despite...


Jan 16, 2013, 11:00 ET Evidence-Based Management For Leaky Underground Tanks Improves Compliance, Saves Money

The first state to apply an innovative system for managing leaky underground petroleum storage tanks nationwide showed that better compliance with...


Nov 15, 2012, 10:15 ET Government, Industry Can Better Manage Risks Of Very Rare Catastrophic Events

Several potentially preventable disasters have occurred during the past decade, including the recent outbreak of rare fungal meningitis linked to...


Nov 01, 2012, 10:15 ET Long-Term Sea Level Rise In Washington, D.C. Could Have Significant Impact

 The nation's capital is likely to face flooding and infrastructure damage in both the short- and long-term brought about by sea level rise...


Sep 28, 2012, 18:00 ET As Flu Season Approaches, Why Do College Students Ignore the H1N1 Vaccine?

"Get your flu shot" is advice that many college students ignored in 2009. Findings of a researcher studying the problem highlight the influences of...


Aug 06, 2012, 10:17 ET Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Substantial Water Pollution Risks, Analysts Say

Risk analysts have concluded that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") wells producing natural gas in...


Jul 09, 2012, 10:17 ET Smart Grid Technology May Help Sustain Vital Social Services During Blackouts

'Keeping the lights on' can be a challenge during extreme weather and other disasters like those affecting the East Coast of the U.S. this summer,...


Jun 05, 2012, 18:24 ET Divided Public: Climate Survey Shows Skepticism And Alarm Rising Over The Past Decade

Researchers have found that between 2002 and 2010 the images and emotions that the American public associates with global warming shifted...


Apr 16, 2012, 14:57 ET Risk Assessment For Major Urban Hazards Useful In City Zoning, Chinese Case Shows

Scientists from China's Nankai University have determined how to quantify the risks associated with major urban hazards, such as industrial...


Mar 07, 2012, 16:06 ET Cultural Factors Figure Largely in Food Safety Crisis Communication

 Companies faced with food tampering need to make sure they remain sensitive to their customers' cultural views before trying to assign blame...