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Does risk communication really decrease cooperation in climate change mitigation?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (DISA ; CSS ; Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences & Applications)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0882-4851
Friedrich Schiller Univ, Germany.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (DISA ; CSS ; Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences & Applications)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2837-0137
2018 (English)In: Climatic Change, ISSN 0165-0009, E-ISSN 1573-1480, Vol. 149, no 2, p. 147-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Effective communication of risks involved in the climate change discussion is crucial and despite ambitious protection policies, the possibility of irreversible consequences actually occurring can only be diminished but never ruled out completely. We present a laboratory experiment that studies how residual risk of failure of climate change policies affects willingness to contribute to such policies. Despite prevailing views on people's risk aversion, we found that contributions were higher at least in the final part of treatments including a residual risk. We interpret this as the 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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Springer, 2018. Vol. 149, no 2, p. 147-158
Keywords [en]
collective risk social dilemma, climate change mitigation, voluntary contribution, experiment, risk
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Climate Research Social Psychology
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Natural Science, Environmental Science; Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77400DOI: 10.1007/s10584-018-2228-9ISI: 000439940200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048093332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77400DiVA, id: diva2:1242870
Available from: 2018-08-29 Created: 2018-08-29 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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