How Do Lay People Perceive Climate-Change Related Risks?
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
January 4, 2012
FEEM (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei), Review of Environment, Energy and Economics (Re3), January 2012
The study of climate change perceptions of people Many studies in psychology suggest that laypeople perceive climate change as a moderate risk. While the climate changes were described as an abstract phenomenon in previous investigations, here we describe climate change as the source of a concrete environmental risk, similar to the pine beetle infestation risk of the Texas forest. Texans believe that climate change will increase the pine beetle infestation risk and that a big proportion of pine forests in the state will be damaged by the year 2050. We conclude that people’s perception increases when these risks have direct and negative consequences on their own lives.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: Climate Change, Risk Perception
JEL Classification: C91, D81, Q23Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 28, 2012
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