Climate Change – Coming Ready or Not
Professor Ben Newell is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. He is also an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science. He’s particularly interested in judgement and decision-making, with particular interest in the cognitive mechanisms underlying the decisions we make. He is co-author of the book Straight Choices: The Psychology of Decision Making.
He recently coauthored an article in Nature Climate Change, reporting on an experiment he did on the decision making challenges facing people when confronted with catastrophic events like tsunamis or bushfires. The research indicated, counterintuitivley, that rare disaster information can increase risk-taking.
Audio samples, Audioblocks
The World Today, Tropical Cyclone Winston: Reaching Affected Communities A Big Challenge.
The World Today, Shock turns to anger as Yarloop residents push for reconstruction of town destroyed by fire.
NASA Goddard Space Flight, Sunset Over Earth.