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Drivers of climate change opinion

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Author(s): Itxaso Ruiz, Sérgio Henrique Faria and Marc B. Neumann

Date: 2017-06-16

Issue: 2017-02

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Understanding how different socio-cultural groups think about climate change is crucial for the successful implementation of climate policies. Here we review the main drivers of climate change opinion. Regardless of the socio-cultural context, knowledge of climate change (influenced by exposure to media and education) and belief in anthropogenic climate change (influenced by ethnography and political orientation) appear to be the main predictors of opinion. However, for action to occur, opinion about climate change must be modulated by risk aversion (shaped by climate change risk exposure, vulnerability and poverty). We illustrate how these interactions work by examining the willingness to accept climate policies.

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