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Climate Change Risk Perception and Communication: Addressing a Critical Moment?

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  • Nick Pidgeon

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      Understanding Risk Research Group, Tyndall Centre Cardiff and the Climate Change Consortium (C3W) of Wales, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, CF10 3AT, Wales, UK; PidgeonN@cardiff.ac.uk.
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Understanding Risk Research Group, Tyndall Centre Cardiff and the Climate Change Consortium (C3W) of Wales, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, CF10 3AT, Wales, UK; PidgeonN@cardiff.ac.uk.

Abstract

Climate change is an increasingly salient issue for societies and policy-makers worldwide. It now raises fundamental interdisciplinary issues of risk and uncertainty analysis and communication. The growing scientific consensus over the anthropogenic causes of climate change appears to sit at odds with the increasing use of risk discourses in policy: for example, to aid in climate adaptation decision making. All of this points to a need for a fundamental revision of our conceptualization of what it is to do climate risk communication. This Special Collection comprises seven papers stimulated by a workshop on “Climate Risk Perceptions and Communication” held at Cumberland Lodge Windsor in 2010. Topics addressed include climate uncertainties, images and the media, communication and public engagement, uncertainty transfer in climate communication, the role of emotions, localization of hazard impacts, and longitudinal analyses of climate perceptions. Climate change risk perceptions and communication work is critical for future climate policy and decisions.

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