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Subtopic: Risk analysis 22 items found
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Understanding “Fat-Tailed” Distributions and Their Policy Implications
In a new discussion paper, RFF's Roger Cooke and coauthor Daan Niebor explore "fat-tailed" phenomena, including natural disasters and crop losses, noting traditional statistical tools may not be sufficient to analyze such distributions and what they mean for policy.
Raising the Game to Reduce the Risks
One year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, RFF’s Mark Cohen explains that much still needs to be done to ensure a safer future in deepwater drilling.
Who’s Benefiting from the National Flood Insurance Program?
New analysis from RFF looks at a quarter century of federal flood insurance data to determine whether the benefits of the program are tied to income.
Moving Toward Global Risk-Based Food Safety Policies
In the lead editorial of Risk Analysis, RFF Fellow Sandra Hoffmann introduces a special edition on risk ranking to help ensure safer foods around the world.
A New Collection of Best Thinking on Current Issues
RFF announces an anthology of thought-provoking and insightful contributions from leading researchers in key climate, environmental, and energy fields. Issues of the Day, a reference for policy practitioners, is now available for sale or download.
Event: Extreme Weather and Climate Change
A panel of experts discusses how climate change will increase the risk of extreme weather events and the role of regulators, government, and the insurance industry in responding to this challenge. Video available
Assessing Risk via Expert Elicitation
Nature magazine highlights RFF Senior Fellow Roger Cooke’s use of expert elicitation, and recommends that it be used in gauging climate change risks.
Rosina Bierbaum: The Changing Climate for Development
Watch a virtual presentation of Dr. Bierbaum's talk from last month's Hans Landsberg Lecture, in which she details the disproportionate impact of climate change on developing countries and their role in a low-carbon future.
Event: The Economics of Pandemics
October's First Wednesday Seminar launched RFF's new Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (CDDEP). Speakers covered emerging issues ranging from incentives for reporting disease outbreaks to the impacts of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. Video and speaker presentations available.
Assessing the Growing Dangers of Tiny Things
Resources Magazine: Nanotechnology promises big benefits, but RFF’s Terry Davies says that governments lack the oversight needed to reduce health, social, and environmental risks.
A Shopping List for America’s Riskiest Foods
Resources Magazine: Foodborne illness can be blamed on a surprisingly small number of foods and pathogens, according to a new study.
Insuring Against Catastrophe: A Feasible Goal?
Resources Magazine: Roger Cooke and Carolyn Kousky look at the variables involved in the increasing toll of natural disasters and suggest insurance strategies, practical building measures, and public policies to deal with risks from catastrophe.
New Ideas for Risk Regulation
A two-day conference co-sponsored by RFF and the Society for Risk Analysis looked at options for improving the regulation environmental, health, safety, and security risks.
Climate Change and Infrastructure: A Volatile Mix?
An RFF Report looks at how U.S. roads, telecommunications, coasts, electrical systems, and water supplies may be affected by changes in climate and suggests ways to prepare through policy choices.
Utilizing Geomapping Technologies
An RFF seminar showcases satellite images of Earth coupled with spatial data that is providing new insights into environmental trends – from climate change to public health to ecosystem management.
Hurricanes, Risk, and Liability: Looking to Congress for Relief
Three legislative approaches are being considered to create effective public policies to deal with catastrophic natural disasters, such as large-scale hurricanes. An op-ed in the St. Petersburg Times by Roger Cooke and Carolyn Kousky examines the merits of each.
Fat Tails, Weather, and Risk Management
New papers assess the challenges posed by climate change to policy decisions, including risk estimates from severe weather and other natural disasters.
Post-Katrina: Getting the Incentives and Priorities Right
Senior Fellow Kate Probst and Journalist-in-Residence J.W. Anderson argue that we need to rethink the Federal response to Katrina to make sure the right questions get asked, and the right decisions are made.
Taking Risks on the Space Frontier
In the new issue of Resources, Senior Fellow Molly Macauley explores how human risk in space activities should be approached and managed.
Estimating the Cost of Institutional Controls
Senior Fellow Kate Probst and John Pendergrass of the Environmental Law Institute have developed a framework that can be used to plan for the types of activities and associated costs required to successfully implement institutional controls at contaminated sites.
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