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Does risk communication really decrease cooperation in climate change mitigation?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0882-4851
Friedrich Schiller University, Germany.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2837-0137
2018 (English)In: Climatic Change, ISSN 0165-0009, E-ISSN 1573-1480Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Effective communication of risks involved in the climate change discussion is crucial and despite ambitious protection policies, the possibility of irreversibleconsequences actually occurring can only be diminished but never ruled out completely. We present a laboratory experiment that studies how residual risk of failureof climate change policies affects willingness to contribute to such policies. Despiteprevailing views on people’s risk-aversion, we found that contributions were higherat least in the final part of treatments including a residual risk. We interpret this asthe product of a psychological process where residual risk puts participants into an”alarm mode”, keeping their contributions high. We discuss the broad practical implications this might have on the real world communication of climate change.

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2018.
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collective risk social dilemma, climate change mitigation, voluntary contribution, experiment, risk
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-74564OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-74564DiVA, id: diva2:1210156
Available from: 2018-05-25 Created: 2018-05-25 Last updated: 2018-07-20

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