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Climate 2018, 6(4), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli6040099

Analysis of the Impact of Values and Perception on Climate Change Skepticism and Its Implication for Public Policy

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Department of Public Administration, Honam University, 417, Eodeung-daero, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju 62399, Korea
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Department of Public Administration, Ajou University, Worldcup-ro, Suwon 16499, Korea
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Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 5 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 14 December 2018
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Abstract

Climate change is an unprecedented risk that humans have not previously experienced. It is accepted that people are generally worried about global warming. However, it is also a fact that there is a small but increasing number of climate change skeptics. These skeptics do not believe that there is any risk, nor are they concerned with other worrisome facts related to climate change. Skeptics regard the present scientific findings supporting climate change as false artefacts. Our study aimed to explore the factors that influence climate skepticism. In this work, to make a regression model, we established environmental skepticism as a dependent variable and included sociodemographic factors, values, and perception factors as the three independent variables. Also, to examine their roles indirectly, we regarded values as moderators. The results show that, in terms of values, ideology, environmentalism, religiosity, two kinds of cultural biases, and science and technology (S&T) optimism influence skepticism at the individual level, whereas, in terms of perception factors, perceived risk, perceived benefit, and negative affect have an impact. Also, values such as ideology, religiosity, environmentalism, and cultural biases play a moderating role that facilitates, buffers, or changes the effect of psychometric variables on an individual’s skepticism. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; climate change skepticism; environmental skepticism; skeptics climate change; climate change skepticism; environmental skepticism; skeptics
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