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Article: The relationship between climate change concern and national wealth

TitleThe relationship between climate change concern and national wealth
Authors
Issue Date2015
Citation
Climatic Change, 2015, v. 131 n. 2, p. 335-348 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht Based on a cross-national social survey, this paper ascertains how perception of climate change is related to national wealth and adaptive capacity across 33 countries. Results indicate that citizens of wealthier countries tend to see climate change as the most important problem, but are less likely to rank it as a highly dangerous threat. We find that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita correlates positively with perceived importance of climate change, but negatively with perceived risk. Also, climate change is less likely to be seen as highly dangerous in those countries that are better prepared for climate change. These findings have important implications for climate adaptation. The relatively weaker sense of danger among the wealthiest societies may eventually lead to maladaptation to climate change. Adequate economic resources provide people collective security and protection from impending crises, but could elevate a self-assuring attitude that might prematurely reduce their caution toward the impending threat and capacity for dealing with climate uncertainties.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210095
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.344
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.149

 

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dc.contributor.authorLo, Alex Y.-
dc.contributor.authorChow, Alex T.-
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-22T06:06:37Z-
dc.date.available2015-05-22T06:06:37Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationClimatic Change, 2015, v. 131 n. 2, p. 335-348-
dc.identifier.issn0165-0009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210095-
dc.description.abstract© 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht Based on a cross-national social survey, this paper ascertains how perception of climate change is related to national wealth and adaptive capacity across 33 countries. Results indicate that citizens of wealthier countries tend to see climate change as the most important problem, but are less likely to rank it as a highly dangerous threat. We find that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita correlates positively with perceived importance of climate change, but negatively with perceived risk. Also, climate change is less likely to be seen as highly dangerous in those countries that are better prepared for climate change. These findings have important implications for climate adaptation. The relatively weaker sense of danger among the wealthiest societies may eventually lead to maladaptation to climate change. Adequate economic resources provide people collective security and protection from impending crises, but could elevate a self-assuring attitude that might prematurely reduce their caution toward the impending threat and capacity for dealing with climate uncertainties.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofClimatic Change-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-015-1378-2-
dc.titleThe relationship between climate change concern and national wealth-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10584-015-1378-2-
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dc.identifier.hkuros243548-
dc.identifier.volume131-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage335-
dc.identifier.epage348-

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