The role of high-socioeconomic-status people in locking in or rapidly reducing energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions

  title={The role of high-socioeconomic-status people in locking in or rapidly reducing energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions},
  author={Kristian Steensen Nielsen and Kimberly A. Nicholas and Felix Creutzig and Thomas Dietz and Paul C. Stern},
  journal={Nature Energy},
People with high socioeconomic status disproportionally affect energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions directly through their consumption and indirectly through their financial and social resources. However, few climate change mitigation initiatives have targeted this population segment, and the potential of such initiatives remains insufficiently researched. In this Perspective, we analyse key characteristics of high-socioeconomic-status people and explore five roles through which they have a… 
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