An update to the following:
I have been doing public out-reach programs for more than 22 years. I have tried to inform young and old about what I do, why I do it, and about the excitement of astronomy and research. However, this morning I realized how fortunate I have been, and how ill.prepared I am for dealing with some catastrophic astronomical events.
(with examples from Iceland, USA, and Germany)
Better educated scientist and better educated politicians are required - and a better educated general public can help.
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