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Guide for Uncertainty Communication

By PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

“Dealing with uncertainty, in terms of analysis and communication, is an important and distinct topic for PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Without paying adequate attention to the role and implications of uncertainty, research and assessment results may be of limited value and could lead to incorrect policy decisions and all the related consequences.

Offering support in communicating uncertainty
When presenting the results from a policy study, it is a challenge for researchers, authors and communicators to adequately and concisely inform their public on important uncertainty issues. Presenting the information in a way that addresses the often varying informational needs of target audiences adds to that challenge.The Guide for Uncertainty Communication, which is part of the Guidance for Uncertainty Assessment and Communication, helps researchers and communicators to obtain a clear picture of why uncertainty communication is important and to whom it should be addressed, and stimulates them to make well-considered choices when deciding on what, where and how to present this information. For this purpose, the Guide for Uncertainty Communication offers a combination of hints and points of attention, as well as questions for researchers/communicators when communicating about uncertainty (e.g. in written reports and presentations).”

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Guidance for Uncertainty Assessment and Communication


Recession denial

Recession deniers should shut up as down we continue to go

David Blanchflower makes the case for an immediate increase in public investment in building.

The drop in gross domestic product of 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2012 was greeted with incredulity by those who have been saying for months that the UK is not in a double dipper when we obviously are. Business and consumer confidence and lots of other measures have been in recession territory for a year. The latest industrial production figures suggest only a small upward revision. The economy shrank in five of the past six quarters, including all of the past three. GDP is now lower than it was when George Osborne became Chancellor in 2010. It’s time for the recession deniers to shut up. Read more >

Risk Response Network

Source: World Economic Forum

“The World Economic Forum launches the Risk Response Network on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The world has fundamentally changed and this new reality calls for more foresight and collective action to address a broad range of global risks.

The network will address concerns about widening economic inequalities and failed global governance systems underpinning a raft of other interrelated risks ranging from financial governance to cybersecurity and resource scarcity. Uniquely placed to catalyse a collective response to this new landscape, the World Economic Forum is launching the platform to better understand, manage and respond to these complex and intertwined risks.”

Download press release Risk Response Network

Obama’s Katrina? Maybe worse

Source: The New York Times
By Frank Rich

FOR Barack Obama’s knee-jerk foes, of course it was his Katrina. But for the rest of us, there’s the nagging fear that the largest oil spill in our history could yet prove worse if it drags on much longer. It might not only wreck the ecology of a region but capsize the principal mission of the Obama presidency.

Before we look at why, it would be helpful to briefly revisit that increasingly airbrushed late summer of 2005. Whatever Obama’s failings, he is infinitely more competent at coping with catastrophe than his predecessor. Read more >

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