Perception of Risk Posed by Extreme Events

  title={Perception of Risk Posed by Extreme Events},
  author={Elke U. Weber},
Extreme events, by definition, cause much harm to people, property, and the natural world. Such events can result from the vagaries of nature (floods or earthquakes) or from technological failure or unintentional human error (Chernobyl or Bhopal). More recently we have witnessed another form of extreme hazard, resulting from terrorism. This paper examines the complex interplay between emotion and reason that drives risk perceptions for extreme events and discusses the need to think creatively… CONTINUE READING