Longer-Lasting Actions and Responses to Extreme Events Can Have Great Impact

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41558-017-0031-7

This 2018 paper links climate science and behavioural science, estimates the potential impact of behavioural programs, and predicts the three types of behavioural programs with the largest impact.


The authors of this paper link the C-ROADS climate model to a social model of behavioural change to examine how interactions between perceived risk and emissions behaviour influence projected climate change. 

The coupled climate and social model resulted in a global temperature change ranging from 3.4 to 6.2 °C by 2100 compared with 4.9°C for the C-ROADS model alone.

Model components with the largest influence on temperature were:

  1. Responses to extreme events
  2. Interaction of perceived behavioural control with perceived social norms
  3. Behaviours leading to sustained emissions reductions such as insulating homes or purchasing hybrid cars.

See also this publicly accessible article summary 

Topics: Environment:, Climate change mitigation, Energy efficiency, Sustainable transportation, Climate change adaptation
Resource Type: strategies and interventions, training and toolkits
Publisher: Springer Nature
Date Last Updated: 2021-08-29 12:51:23

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