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Peacock and the three anonymous reviewers of an earlier version of this paper for their advice and comments; and to the interviewees and survey respondents who so kindly gave their time to make this research possible. 2 Are flood victims more concerned about climate change than other people? The role of direct experience in risk perception and behavioural(More)
This study presents a detailed investigation of public scepticism about anthropogenic climate change in Britain using the trend, attribution, and impact scepticism framework of Rahmstorf (2004). The study found that climate scepticism is currently not widespread in Britain. Although uncertainty and scepticism about the potential impacts of climate change(More)
Within the risk literature there is an ongoing debate on whether trust is vulnerable or enduring. Previous research on nuclear energy by Slovic in 1993 has shown that negative events have much greater impact on self-reported trust than do positive events. Slovic attributes this to the asymmetry principle: specifically, that trust is much easier to destroy(More)
35 I n many nations, much of the public has long recognized the potential gravity of climate change 1,2. Nonetheless, few citizens or political leaders understand the underlying science well enough to evaluate climate-related proposals and controversies. As a result, it is hard for political leaders to generate and sustain broad public support for ambitious(More)
Public perceptions of climate change are known to differ between nations and to have fluctuated over time. Numerous plausible characterizations of these variations, and explanations for them, are to be found in the literature. However, a clear picture has not yet emerged as to the principal trends and patterns that have occurred over the past(More)
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Acknowledgements: This paper emerged from our collective participation in the ESRC Priority Network on Social Contexts and Responses to Risk (SCARR). The original idea to write a collaborative paper on framing comparing data and interpretations across the three projects came from Sophie Sarre, who also orchestrated the paper. 2 came from a Leverhulme Trust(More)