ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE : CONCERN AND CARING: Knowledge of Climate Change Basics Doesn't Make People Care

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ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE : CONCERN AND CARING: Knowledge of Climate Change Basics Doesn't Make People Care

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ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE :

CONCERN AND CARING:

Knowledge of Climate Change Basics Doesn't Make People Care

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Knowledge of Climate Change Basics Doesn't Make People Care

Knowledge of climate change consequences
correlates with concern in some countries.

by Cathleen O'Grady

April 30, 2016 7:29am EDT

Arstechnica

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/
only-some-types-of-climate-knowledge-are-linked-with-concern/

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Improving the public's understanding of anthropogenic climate change is
vital to cultivating the political will to do something about it. However,
a lot of research has shown that simply improving peoples understanding
wont necessarily do much to change their stance. This is because peoples
opinions on many topics rest largely on their political affiliation,
rather than how well they understand the science.

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That leaves us with a thorny state of affairs. If improving science
education isnt going to shift public opinion, what can? A recent paper in
Nature Climate Change suggests that education might not be as hopeless a
cause as previously thoughtbut the work has some important limitations
that may not give us much cause for optimism.

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A problem with previous research on the topic is that knowledge about
climate change was treated as a monolith, the authors of the new paper
argue. Past studies didn't take into account that there are different
kinds of knowledge about climate change. While knowledge in one area might
be influenced by ideology, knowledge in other areas might not be.

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So, for this study, the researchers divided their survey questions into
three different categories of knowledge: physical knowledge, causes
knowledge, and consequences knowledge. Recognizing that burning oil
produces CO2 fell into "physical knowledge." Understanding of the human
influence on climate change went under causes knowledge, while knowledge
about the predicted outcomes of climate change was consequences knowledge.

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Researchers surveyed 2,495 people across six countries: the US, Canada,
the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and China. In addition to asking
knowledge-focused questions, they also asked participants how concerned
they were about climate change. Other questions involved how much the
participants valued looking after themselves, looking after others, and
looking after nature and the environment.

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Unsurprisingly, concern about nature and the environment was strongly
related to concern about climate change. What was surprising was that, in
all the countries, a higher degree of knowledge about the causes of
climate change was related to higher concern. Greater consequences
knowledge was linked to more concern everywhere except Canada and China.

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Greater physical knowledgebasic climate literacywas actually linked to
lower concern. This finding gels with previous research suggesting that
scientifically better-informed people might be better at finding ways to
disregard research they don't like.

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Source of this research report

Nature Climate Change, 2016. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2997

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NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE | LETTER
Knowledge as a driver of public perceptions about climate change
reassessed

Jing Shi, Vivianne H. M. Visschers, Michael Siegrist &
Joseph Arvai

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/ 
vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2997.html

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Article metrics for:

Knowledge as a driver of public perceptions about climate change
reassessed

Jing Shi, Vivianne H. M. Visschers, Michael Siegrist &
Joseph Arvai

Nature Climate Change (2016) doi:10.1038/nclimate2997

Last updated: 30 April 2016 19:7:15 EDT

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/nclimate2997/metrics

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Table 1: Regression analyses on public concern about climate change.

From

Knowledge as a driver of public perceptions about climate change
reassessed

Jing Shi, Vivianne H. M. Visschers, Michael Siegrist &
Joseph Arvai

Nature Climate Change (2016) doi:10.1038/nclimate2997

Received 30 June 2015
Accepted 21 March 2016
Published online 25 April 2016

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/ 
vaop/ncurrent/fig_tab/nclimate2997_T1.html

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What makes us care about climate change?

Hail Science

http://hailscience.com/2016/04/25/ 
what-makes-us-care-about-climate-change/

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http://tinyurl.com/hsn2n6q

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Knowledge as a driver of public perceptions about climate change
reassessed

Jing Shi, Vivianne H. M. Visschers, Michael Siegrist &
Joseph Arvai

Nature Climate Change (2016) doi:10.1038/nclimate2997

Received 30 June 2015
Accepted 21 March 2016
Published online 25 April 2016

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/ 
vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2997.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/hyj8ncd

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What makes us care about climate change?

April 26, 2016

by Greta Guest

Phys.Org

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-climate.html

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Nature Climate Change

Phys.Org


phys.org

Nanotechnology
Physics
Earth
All Earth

What makes us care about climate change?

Widespread loss of ocean oxygen to become noticeable in 2030s

Citizen scientists collected rare ice data, confirm warming ...

CO2 fertilization greening the Earth

Scientists reveal likely origin of Earth's oldest crystals (Update)

Deep-sea biodiversity impacted by climate change's triple threat

US absorbed carbon dioxide despite drought

What lies beneath West Antarctica?

Earth Sciences
Environment
Astronomy & Space
Technology
Chemistry
Biology
Other Sciences

http://phys.org/journals/nature-climate-change/

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Nature Climate Change

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/index.html

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Figures and tables index

From

Knowledge as a driver of public perceptions about climate change
reassessed

Jing Shi, Vivianne H. M. Visschers, Michael Siegrist
Joseph Arvai

Nature Climate Change (2016) doi:10.1038/nclimate2997

Received 30 June 2015
Accepted 21
March 2016 Published online 25 April
2016

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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