PRIMA RiskWatch
Jul. 30, 2015

Why evidence-based policymaking is just the beginning
State legislatures are turning to evidence-based policymaking as a way to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. This is a very important development. For example, many states — in response to research confirming that the early years of childhood affect learning, behavior and health for a lifetime — have invested in family support and coaching programs.More

Inconsistent drugged driving laws show need for marijuana research
By Denise A. Valenti
There is limited research on marijuana impairment related to driving, but it differs significantly than the impairments caused by alcohol. The uncertainty surrounding this issue has resulted in laws throughout the United States that vary in determining what constitutes driving under the influence of drugs and what the penalty is for doing so. Studies have shown that even small amounts of cannabis in the blood can impair the cognitive perceptual functions necessary for safe driving.More

What is community resilience?
Emergency Management
Fire, flood, famine, nuclear disaster — we've been through them all and more, and yet we so quickly forget. All but a few Americans, depending on which survey you read, remain stubbornly unprepared for the next disaster. Without preparedness, there can be no resiliency.More

Who's fighting human trafficking? US releases rankings
Cuba, Kenya and Saudi Arabia are doing better at fighting human trafficking. Egypt, Ghana and Bulgaria are doing worse. That's according to the latest annual report from the U.S. State Department, which rates 188 countries on their efforts to stamp out trafficking in persons.More

Here are 10 ways to prepare for a wildfire
Property Casualty 360
Massive wildfires have raged this year in Alaska, California, Canada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Many started from natural causes, such as lightning, but most are caused by humans, either accidentally — from cigarettes, campfires or outdoor burning — or intentionally.More

Predictors of climate change awareness and risk perception vary around the globe
University of Massachusetts Amherst via
Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions ever conducted, researchers writing in Nature Climate Change today report the first global assessment of factors underlying climate change awareness and risk perception. They say results indicate that to be most effective, climate-related messages must be tailored to public awareness and perceptions specific to each nation. More

Fiat Chrysler gets record $105 million fine for safety issues
The New York Times
In their most aggressive crackdown yet on auto safety, federal regulators on Sunday levied a record penalty of $105 million against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for failing to complete 23 safety recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles.More