Personal experience and the ‘psychological distance’ of climate change: An integrative review

  title={Personal experience and the ‘psychological distance’ of climate change: An integrative review},
  author={Rachel I. McDonald and Hui Yi. Chai and Ben R. Newell},
  journal={Journal of Environmental Psychology},
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What shapes perceptions of climate change?
  • E. Weber
  • Environmental Science, Political Science
  • 2010
Climate change, as a slow and gradual modification of average climate conditions, is a difficult phenomenon to detect and track accurately based on personal experience. Insufficient concern and trust