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

Effective communication of risks involved in the climate change discussion iscrucial and despite ambitious protection policies, the possibility of irreversible conse-quences actually occurring can only be diminished but never ruled out completely. Wepresent a laboratory experiment that studies how residual risk of failure of climate changepolicies affects willingness to contribute to such policies. Despite prevailing views on peo-ple’s risk aversion, we found that contributions were higher at least in the final part oftreatments including a residual risk. We interpret this as the product of a psychologicalprocess where residual risk puts participants into an ”alarm mode,” keeping their contribu-tions high. We discuss the broad practical implications this might have on the real-worldcommunication of climate change.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75862DOI: 10.1007/s10584-018-2228-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75862DiVA, id: diva2:1218045
Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-14 Last updated: 2018-06-14

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