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Risk conundrums : solving unsolvable problems

Author: Roger E Kasperson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. ©2017
Series: Earthscan risk in society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A risk conundrum can be viewed as a risk that poses major issues in assessment, and whose management is not easily engaged. Such perplexing problems can either paralyze or badly delay risk analysis and directions for progression. Rather than simply focusing on the progress in risk analysis that has already been made, it is crucial to consider what has been learnt about these seemingly unmanageable problems and how  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger E Kasperson
ISBN: 9781138956063 1138956066 9781138956070 1138956074
OCLC Number: 985602470
Notes: "Earthscan from Routledge."
Description: xxi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: How can we be sure that we are working on the right risks? / Roger E. Kasperson, Bonnie Ram, and Samuel Ratick --
Whose views really matter in the end? / Roger E. Kasperson, Paul Slovic, Nick Pidgeon, and Ortwin Renn --
How do we move forward when there is no trust? / Seth Tuler, Roger E. Kasperson, Dominic Golding, and Timothy J. Downs --
How can we best deal with the unexpected? / Robert Goble, Roger E. Kasperson, and Samuel Ratick --
How can we learn more from learning about risk controversies? / Seth Tuler, Kirstin Dow, and Tom Webler --
The role of insurance and other policy tools in reducing the economic effects of global disasters / Howard Kunreuther --
How can we improve decision making in the face of catastrophic risk? / Howard Kunreuther, Paul Slovic, and Kimberly G. Olson --
Risk communication and social media / Jeannette Sutton and Shari R. Veil --
China's development and environmental risk management : a balanced perspective for the future / J.un Bi [and 24 others] --
Addressing risk conundrums in megacity development : Mexico City / Timothy J. Downs and Marisa Mazari-Hiriart --
Ambiguity in an ambiguous region / Jeremy Tasch and Weiwei Tasch --
Risk conundrums of the renewable energy transition : can we balance opportunities, optimism, and challenges? / Bonnie Ram and Jennie C. Stephens --
Hydraulic fracturing : a risk for environment, energy security and affordability? / Nick Pidgeon, Merryn Thomas, Tristan Partridge, Darrick Evensen, and Barbara Harthorn --
Out of harm's way : risk conundrums in coastal areas / Susanne C. Moser, Kirstin Dow, and Seth Tuler --
Addressing risk conundrums in sustainable development / Timothy J. Downs, Edward R. Carr, and Robert Goble --
Vulnerability does not just fall from the sky : addressing the vulnerability conundrum / Jesse Ribot --
Risk governance : concept and application to systemic risk / Ortwin Renn --
How can we prevent the collapse of humanitarian values in foreign policy decisions? / Paul Slovic, Robin Gregory, Daniel Vastfjall, and David Frank.
Series Title: Earthscan risk in society series.
Responsibility: edited by Roger E. Kasperson.

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A risk conundrum can be viewed as a risk that poses major issues in assessment, and whose management is not easily engaged. Such perplexing problems can either paralyze or badly delay risk analysis and directions for progression. Rather than simply focusing on the progress in risk analysis that has already been made, it is crucial to consider what has been learnt about these seemingly unmanageable problems and how best to move forward. Risk Conundrums seeks to answer this question by bringing together a range of key thinkers in the field to explore key Issues such as risk communication, uncertainty, social trust, indicators and metrics, and risk management, drawing upon case study examples including natural disasters, terrorism, and energy transitions. The initial chapters address risk conundrums, their properties, and the challenges they pose. The book then turns to a greater emphasis on systemic and regional risk conundrums. Finally, it considers how risk management can be changed to address these unsolvable conundrums. Alternative pathways are defined and scrutinized and predictions for future developments set out. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of risk governance, environmental policy, and sustainable development. Book jacket.

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