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Climate Change Risk Perception and Policy Preferences: The Role of Affect, Imagery, and Values
A national, representative survey of the U.S. public found that Americans have moderate climate change risk perceptions, strongly support a variety of national and international policies to mitigateExpand
American Risk Perceptions: Is Climate Change Dangerous?
  • A. Leiserowitz
  • Engineering, Medicine
  • Risk analysis : an official publication of the…
  • 1 December 2005
Public risk perceptions can fundamentally compel or constrain political, economic, and social action to address particular risks. Public support or opposition to climate policies (e.g., treaties,Expand
“Fracking” Controversy and Communication: Using National Survey Data to Understand Public Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing
The recent push to develop unconventional sources of oil and gas both in the U.S. and abroad via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has generated a great deal of controversy. Effectively engagingExpand
What is Sustainable Development? Goals, Indicators, Values, and Practice
(2005). What is Sustainable Development? Goals, Indicators, Values, and Practice. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development: Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 8-21.
Predictors of public climate change awareness and risk perception around the world
A survey of 119 countries shows that education is the strongest predictor of climate change awareness around the world. The results suggest that improving understanding of local impacts is vital forExpand
Communication and Mental Processes: Experimental and Analytic Processing of Uncertain Climate Information
We focus on two ways in which people process information, experiential versus analytic, a distinction central to understanding the problem of communicating uncertain climate information. Expand
Climategate, Public Opinion, and the Loss of Trust
Nationally representative surveys conducted in 2008 and 2010 found significant declines in Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and trust in scientists. Drawing upon the SocialExpand
Geographic variation in opinions on climate change at state and local scales in the USA
Action on climate change requires public support. A study of public opinion in the United States reveals substantial variation across the nation.
The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change as a Gateway Belief: Experimental Evidence
There is currently widespread public misunderstanding about the degree of scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, both in the US as well as internationally. Moreover, previous researchExpand
Climate on Cable
This study examines climate change coverage on the three major cable news channels and assesses the relationship between viewership of these channels and beliefs about global warming. Evidence from aExpand