Psychological research and global climate change

Susan Clayton, Patrick Devine-Wright, Paul C. Stern, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Amanda Carrico, Linda Steg, Janet Kay Swim, Mirilia Bonnes

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Abstract

Human behaviour is integral not only to causing global climate change but also to responding and adapting to it. Here, we argue that psychological research should inform efforts to address climate change, to avoid misunderstandings about human behaviour and motivations that can lead to ineffective or misguided policies. We review three key research areas: describing human perceptions of climate change; understanding and changing individual and household behaviour that drives climate change; and examining the human impacts of climate change and adaptation responses. Although much has been learned in these areas, we suggest important directions for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-646
Number of pages7
JournalNature Climate Change
Volume5
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 25 2015

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Clayton, S., Devine-Wright, P., Stern, P. C., Whitmarsh, L., Carrico, A., Steg, L., ... Bonnes, M. (2015). Psychological research and global climate change. Nature Climate Change, 5(7), 640-646. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2622
Clayton, Susan ; Devine-Wright, Patrick ; Stern, Paul C. ; Whitmarsh, Lorraine ; Carrico, Amanda ; Steg, Linda ; Swim, Janet Kay ; Bonnes, Mirilia. / Psychological research and global climate change. In: Nature Climate Change. 2015 ; Vol. 5, No. 7. pp. 640-646.
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Psychological research and global climate change. / Clayton, Susan; Devine-Wright, Patrick; Stern, Paul C.; Whitmarsh, Lorraine; Carrico, Amanda; Steg, Linda; Swim, Janet Kay; Bonnes, Mirilia.

In: Nature Climate Change, Vol. 5, No. 7, 25.07.2015, p. 640-646.

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Clayton S, Devine-Wright P, Stern PC, Whitmarsh L, Carrico A, Steg L et al. Psychological research and global climate change. Nature Climate Change. 2015 Jul 25;5(7):640-646. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2622