27 Feb '12, 6pm

Why We Often Worry Too Much, and Sometimes Not Enough

The Times Opinionator column has launched an engaging series of posts examining anxiety and why we often worry too much, and sometimes not enough. I’m cross-linking because these posts relate nicely to examinations here of the “dread to risk ratio ” in arenas ranging from shale gas drilling (a k a fracking) to nuclear power, toxic chemicals to climate. The anxiety series kicked off with a piece from the songwriter and comic-book creator Jeffrey Lewis . Here’s the opening panel of Lewis’s related comic, which also draws on his song “Anxiety Attack “: The opening panel from a comic-strip version of Jeffrey Lewis’s Opinionator post on anxiety. Today’s installment, “The Wages of Eco-Angst ,” comes from David Ropeik, an occasional guest on Dot Earth who is a consultant on risk communication and author of the invaluable “How Risky is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match ...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/eco-anxiety-...

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