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Psychological research and global climate change

Clayton, Susan, Devine-Wright, Patrick, Stern, Paul C., Whitmarsh, Lorraine ORCID:, Carrico, Amanda, Steg, Linda, Swim, Janet and Bonnes, Mirilia 2015. Psychological research and global climate change. Nature Climate Change 5 , pp. 640-646. 10.1038/nclimate2622

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Human behaviour is integral not only to causing global climate change but also to responding and adapting to it. Here, we argue that psychological research should inform efforts to address climate change, to avoid misunderstandings about human behaviour and motivations that can lead to ineffective or misguided policies. We review three key research areas: describing human perceptions of climate change; understanding and changing individual and household behaviour that drives climate change; and examining the human impacts of climate change and adaptation responses. Although much has been learned in these areas, we suggest important directions for further research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Water Research Institute (WATER)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Nature
ISSN: 1758-678X
Date of Acceptance: 24 March 2015
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:06

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