Risk Communication Discussion with S. K. Malhotra

Perception of the public on nuclear energy is opposite of the truth, even when all the scientific experts have declared that nuclear is safe for people. The problem is the enormous difference between scientific facts and exaggerated public belief of the risk. Public perception is developed through distinct reasons like anti-organizational propaganda (media and NGOs), less awareness, huge expectations of people, and unfulfilled promises. When we see public perception lots of unseen activity happen behind the scene, the risk is imposed on them in form of misinformation and hidden agenda. The role of risk communication is to reduce the vulnerability of the information gap that arises between assessed risk and perceived risk.

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