Thursday, April 27, 2006
Climate change in the American mind
How do Americans conceptualize global climate change? What thoughts, images and feelings does global warming evoke? Do Americans understand the causes, impacts and potential solutions to climate change? Does the American public perceive global climate change as a real threat? How likely and how severe do they believe the consequences will be? Does the public support policies to mitigate climate change? And what underlying psychological, political and socio-cultural factors best explain these perceptions and preferences? This presentation will report results from several national studies of American climate change risk perceptions and policy preferences and highlight a few risk communication needs and approaches.
Anthony Leiserowitz is a research scientist at Decision Research, a principal investigator in the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, and a courtesy professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Studies and Policy (focal discipline: Geography) from the University of Oregon.