Climate Change: The Psychological Impact

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Some People’s Climate Beliefs Shift With Weather

Results from three studies show that people who thought the current day was warmer than usual were more likely to believe in and feel concern about global warming than those who thought the day was unusually cold. More

  • A mix of behavioral research, economic studies, and time-series data portend some unsettling effects of climate change on human social interactions. More

    Global Warming and Violent Behavior

    A mix of behavioral research, economic studies, and time-series data portend some unsettling effects of climate change on human social interactions. More

  • A team of scientists highlight evidence-based “best practice” insights that stand to improve public policy and decision making on climate change. More

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    Changing the Climate on Climate Change

    A team of scientists highlight evidence-based “best practice” insights that stand to improve public policy and decision making on climate change. More

  • Scientists and environmental advocates may have more success convincing people about the dangers of global warming if they communicate those risks in less apocalyptic ways, research suggests. More

    Dire Messages About Global Warming Can Backfire, Study Shows

    Scientists and environmental advocates may have more success convincing people about the dangers of global warming if they communicate those risks in less apocalyptic ways, research suggests. More

  • Hurricanes and other traumatic weather events may have the power to shift people’s instincts about the need for policies that address the threats of climate change, a study indicates. More

    After the Storms, A Different Opinion on Climate Change

    Hurricanes and other traumatic weather events may have the power to shift people’s instincts about the need for policies that address the threats of climate change, a study indicates. More

  • Read about research on the factors that motivate us to engage in eco-friendly behaviors -- and the psychological barriers that impede environmental stewardship. More

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    ‘Green’ Behavior

    Read about research on the factors that motivate us to engage in eco-friendly behaviors -- and the psychological barriers that impede environmental stewardship. More

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