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Communicating Resourcefully: A Natural Field Experiment on Environmental Framing and Cognitive Dissonance in Going Paperless

Communicating Resourcefully: A Natural Field Experiment on Environmental Framing and Cognitive Dissonance in Going Paperless

a research article by Greer Gosnell  18 September, 2018

In a large-scale natural field experiment comprising 38,654 customers of a renewable energy supplier in the United Kingdom, we randomize environmental information and dissonance-inducing messaging to promote an active … read more »


Resilient, but from whose perspective? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience

Resilient, but from whose perspective? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience

a working paper by Lindsey Jones, Marco D'Errico  6 September, 2018

Little has been known to date about how objective and subjective modes of evaluating resilience compare. This paper addresses this gap, introducing a new method of subjective evaluation through household surveys in Uganda. The findings are relevant to evaluation toolkit design. read more »


Consultation response: Environmental principles and governance after EU exit

a briefing note by Alyssa Gilbert, Maria Carvalho  5 September, 2018

This submission was made to Defra’s consultation on environmental principles and governance after the UK leaves the European Union. read more »


A risk-seeking future

A risk-seeking future

a research article by Greer Gosnell  3 September, 2018

The 2014 IPCC Assessment expresses doubt that the global surface temperature increase will remain within the 2 °C target without deploying risky carbon-capturing or solar radiation-deflecting technologies. New behavioural research … read more »


Effectiveness and cost of air pollution control in China

Effectiveness and cost of air pollution control in China

a working paper by Thomas Stoerk  31 August, 2018

This study provides the first empirical evaluation of China’s 11th Five-Year Plan which set a goal to reduce the emission of sulphur dioxide (SO2) by 10% between 2006 and 2010. read more »


Climate risks to hydropower supply in eastern and southern Africa

Climate risks to hydropower supply in eastern and southern Africa

a briefing note by Declan Conway, Patrick Curran, Kate Elizabeth Gannon  30 August, 2018

With substantial new hydropower generation planned for eastern and southern Africa, how can risks from rainfall variations and climate change be overcome to ensure reliable supply and socioeconomic development? This brief analyses the challenges and provides recommendations to policymakers, the energy sector and development partners. read more »


Seeing red, but acting green? Experimental evidence on charitable giving and affect towards biodiversity

Seeing red, but acting green? Experimental evidence on charitable giving and affect towards biodiversity

a working paper by Ganga Shreedhar, Susana Mourato  27 August, 2018

This research investigates how different audio-visual information on conservation influences charitable donation behaviour and emotions. read more »


Do biodiversity conservation videos cause pro-environmental spillover effects?

Do biodiversity conservation videos cause pro-environmental spillover effects?

a working paper by Ganga Shreedhar, Susana Mourato  27 August, 2018

The unintentional effects that conservation videos requesting financial donations might have on how people act in relation to environmental causes are investigated in this study. read more »


Recommendations for improving the treatment of risk and uncertainty in economic estimates of climate impacts in the Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report

Recommendations for improving the treatment of risk and uncertainty in economic estimates of climate impacts in the Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report

a research article by Thomas Stoerk, Gernot Wagner, Bob Ward  1 August, 2018

Large discrepancies persist between projections of the physical impacts of climate change and economic damage estimates. These discrepancies increase with increasing global average temperature projections. Based on this observation, … read more »


Overcoming public resistance to carbon taxes

Overcoming public resistance to carbon taxes

a research article by Stefano Carattini, Maria Carvalho, Sam Fankhauser  1 August, 2018

Carbon taxes represent a cost‐effective way to steer the economy toward a greener future. In the real world, their application has however been limited. In this paper, we address … read more »


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