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The psychological distance of climate change.
Findings clearly point to the utility of risk communication techniques designed to reduce psychological distance, and highlighting the potentially very serious distant impacts of climate change may also be useful in promoting sustainable behavior, even among those already concerned. Expand
Perceptions of climate change and willingness to save energy related to flood experience
One of the reasons that people may not take action to mitigate climate change is that they lack first-hand experience of its potential consequences. From this perspective, individuals who have directExpand
Framing and Communicating Climate Change: The Effects of Distance and Outcome Frame Manipulations
Communications regarding climate change are increasingly being utilised in order to encourage sustainable behaviour and the way that these are framed can significantly alter the impact that they haveExpand
Uncertain climate: An investigation into public scepticism about anthropogenic climate change
This study presents a detailed investigation of public scepticism about climate change in Britain using the trend, attribution, and impact scepticism framework of Rahmstorf (2004). The study foundExpand
Experience of extreme weather affects climate change mitigation and adaptation responses
It is shown that direct experience of flooding leads to an overall increased salience of climate change, pronounced emotional responses and greater perceived personal vulnerability and risk perceptions, and the first evidence that direct flooding experience can give rise to behavioural intentions beyond individual sustainability actions. Expand
Examining Consumer Behavior Toward Genetically Modified (GM) Food in Britain
  • A. Spence, E. Townsend
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Risk analysis : an official publication of the…
  • 1 June 2006
All TPB components significantly predicted behavioral intentions to try GM food, with attitudes toward GM being the strongest predictor and self-identity and emotional involvement found to be significant predictors of behavioral intentions but moral norms were not. Expand
Public Perceptions of Energy Choices: The Influence of Beliefs about Climate Change and the Environment
Past research has documented high levels of public concern for risks relating to nuclear power, with opposition to nuclear energy particularly being linked with general environmental concern. HoweverExpand
Smart grids, smart users? The role of the user in demand side management
Smart grids are a key feature of future energy scenarios, with the overarching goal of better aligning energy generation and demand. The work presented here considers the role of the user in suchExpand
Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudes
Public attitudes towards nuclear power in the UK have historically been deeply divided, but as concern about climate change and energy security has exerted an increasing influence on British energyExpand
Exploring early public responses to geoengineering
Preliminary evidence on public responses to geoengineering from two of the very first UK studies of public perceptions and responses is presented, and it is concluded that public perceptions are likely to prove a key element influencing the debate over questions of the acceptability of geoengineering proposals. Expand