Exploring public perception of environmental technology over time

Braun, Carola, Rehdanz, Katrin and Schmidt, Ulrich (2018) Exploring public perception of environmental technology over time Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61 (1). pp. 143-160. DOI 10.1080/09640568.2017.1291414.

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This paper analyses how new information shapes public perception of a controversially discussed technology over time. The test case analysed in this paper is solar radiation management (SRM), a potentially risky, environmental engineering technology, which aims to fight climate change by the injection of sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere. Using panel survey data, we show that most respondents initially show strong negative emotions towards SRM and reject the technology. However, public perception is not stable over time as emotions cool off and acceptance increases. The increase in acceptance is greater, the longer the cooling-off period between two surveys. Furthermore, we show that the cooling-off effect is more pronounced for more impulsive respondents.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: climate engineering, climate policy, public perception, cooling-off
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1291414
ISSN: 0964-0568
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 10:25
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/41036

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