All pages with keywords: public opinion

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 »


The public supports UK climate leadership

a commentary by Sam Fankhauser 1 May, 2018

Sam Fankhauser reflects on public support for the UK’s political leadership on climate change. He goes on to consider the track record of the Conservative Party whilst in government over the past 8 years. read more »


How to make carbon taxes more acceptable

How to make carbon taxes more acceptable

a policy publication by Stefano Carattini, Maria Carvalho, Sam Fankhauser 5 December, 2017

Taxing carbon is one of the best ways to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions but is often faced with opposition. This report explores practical ways through which carbon taxes can be made more politically attractive. read more »


Labeling opinions in the climate debate: a critical review

Labeling opinions in the climate debate: a critical review

a research article by Amelia Sharman, Candice Howarth 19 February, 2015

This paper critically reviews the literature on climate opinion labels, and the efforts taken within an academic context to categorize differences, create new taxonomies of more detailed sub‐labels, or create or argue for the use of new labels such as denier or contrarian. read more »


On the relationship between personal experience, affect and risk perception: The case of climate change.

a research article by Sander van der Linden 30 May, 2014

European Journal of Social Psychology, 2014. Online. Abstract Examining the conceptual relationship between personal experience, affect, and risk perception is crucial in improving our understanding of how emotional and cognitive … read more »


Meteorology needs bold leadership to build public trust in climate research

Meteorology needs bold leadership to build public trust in climate research

a commentary by Bob Ward 8 January, 2013

The Royal Meteorological Society must step forward to demonstrate the leadership that the profession so badly needs The Guardian


Why science is a vote winner

Why science is a vote winner

a commentary by Bob Ward 6 May, 2011

Fewer than one in six people think that government funding for science should be cut in favour of other areas of expenditure, according to a survey published earlier this week, … read more »


Has the impact of ‘Climategate’ worn off?

Has the impact of ‘Climategate’ worn off?

a commentary by Bob Ward 14 February, 2011

A new survey showing how public opinion in Norway has been affected by controversies surrounding climate science may also have important implications for the UK. New Scientist, The S Word


Ambiguity is another reason to mitigate climate change

Ambiguity is another reason to mitigate climate change

a commentary by Simon Dietz, Antony Millner 1 September, 2010

The answers to “How much should people sacrifice today for the benefit of those living several decades from now?” vary widely. This column suggests that people’s distaste for uncertainty – … read more »


On the IPCC, Scottish fiscal autonomy, prison reform, counterinsurgency, bankers, the second amendment, assisted suicide

On the IPCC, Scottish fiscal autonomy, prison reform, counterinsurgency, bankers, the second amendment, assisted suicide

a commentary by Bob Ward 22 July, 2010

Letters are welcome via e-mail to letters@economist.com Climate-change thinking SIR – Your article “Flawed scientists” (July 10th) was uncharacteristically… The Economist