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Timing of Climate Change Consequences and Intentions to Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Journal article
Authors Eva-Lotta Sundblad
Anders Biel
Tommy Gärling
Published in Umweltpsychologie
Volume 2011
Issue 2
Pages 123-134
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 123-134
Language en
Keywords temporal discounting, climate change consequences, conservation ecological behavior, ethical concerns,
Subject categories Environmental psychology, Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Abstract

Time delay of future environmental risks may affect the evaluation of the risks and the actions that people are prepared to take. In an experiment participants (n=90) imagined 5, 25, or 100 years time delays of eight consequences of the global climate change. This had no effect on their intention to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In line with previous research, the results suggest that there is no temporal discounting in the environmental domain. While social and ethical concerns were associated with an intention to reduce emissions, individual costs in terms of effort and money were seen as barriers.

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