Uncertainty about facts can be reported without damaging public trust in news – study

A series of experiments – including one on the BBC News website –finds the use of numerical ranges in news reports helps us grasp the uncertainty of stats while maintaining trust in data and its sources. 

Cambridge University News
March 23, 2020 | cambridge

~6 mins

Tags: risk uncertainty statistics journalism covid-19

New approaches to help businesses tackle climate change

Climate change could add around 20% to the global cost of extreme weather events by 2040, according to early findings from Cambridge researchers, who are urging businesses to evaluate their own exposures to the growing risk to improve their resilience and sustainability.

Cambridge University News
Feb. 26, 2020 | cambridge

~4 mins

Tags: climate-change risk climate business

Opinion: Climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss – no country is sufficiently prepared

Two Cambridge risk researchers discuss how national governments are still stuck on "old problems", and run through the things that should be keeping our leaders awake at night. 

Cambridge University News
Nov. 1, 2019 | cambridge

~8 mins

Tags: risk climate-change pandemic public-policy sustainable-earth artificial-intelligence

Governments are failing to understand global catastrophic risks and need to take urgent action, says new report

Governments are failing to understand the human-driven catastrophic risks that threaten global security, prosperity and potential, and could in the worst case lead to mass harm and societal collapse, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News
Aug. 13, 2019 | cambridge

~4 mins

Tags: risk risk-and-uncertainty spotlight-on-risk

‘Crystal clocks’ used to time magma storage before volcanic eruptions

The molten rock that feeds volcanoes can be stored in the Earth’s crust for as long as a thousand years, a result which may help with volcanic hazard management and better forecasting of when eruptions might occur.

Cambridge University News
July 18, 2019 | cambridge

~5 mins

Tags: volcano geology lava earth-science risk-and-uncertainty

Evidence-based web tool aims to better inform and refine need for treatment in early prostate cancer

A new tool to predict an individual’s prognosis following a prostate cancer diagnosis could help prevent unnecessary treatment and related side effects, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News
March 12, 2019 | cambridge

~9 mins

Tags: spotlight-on-cancer spotlight-on-risk-and-uncertainty prostate-cancer

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