The way we interact with science – from our trust in scientists to our experiences with citizen science – influence the way we view technical issues related to hazards and disasters. My research has found that perceptions of science are highly politicized in our country, but when we can move beyond that and engage in science, particularly local and highly relevant science such as pollution monitoring, behavior changes to reduce risk we face.
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Ross, Ashley D., Abbey Hotard, Manoj Kamalanathan, Rayna Nolen, David Hala, Lauren A. Clay, Karl Kaiser, and Antonietta Quigg. “Awareness Is Not Enough: Frequent Use of Water Pollution Information and Changes to Risky Behavior.” Sustainability 12.20 (2020): 8695.