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Forest owners' response to climate change

university education trumps value profile

Blennow, Kristina and Persson, Johannes and Persson, Erik and Hanewinkel, Marc (2016). Forest owners' response to climate change. PloS one. 11:5, 1-13
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0155137

Abstract

Do forest owners' levels of education or value profiles explain their responses to climate change? The cultural cognition thesis (CCT) has cast serious doubt on the familiar and often criticized "knowledge deficit" model, which says that laypeople are less concerned about climate change because they lack scientific knowledge. Advocates of CCT maintain that citizens with the highest degrees of scientific literacy and numeracy are not the most concerned about climate change. Rather, this is the group in which cultural polarization is greatest, and thus individuals with more limited scientific literacy and numeracy are more concerned about climate change under certain circumstances than those with higher scientific literacy and numeracy. The CCT predicts that cultural and other values will trump the positive effects of education on some forest owners' attitudes to climate change. Here, using survey data collected in 2010 from 766 private forest owners in Sweden and Germany, we provide the first evidence that perceptions of climate change risk are uncorrelated with, or sometimes positively correlated with, education level and can be explained without reference to cultural or other values. We conclude that the recent claim that advanced scientific literacy and numeracy polarizes perceptions of climate change risk is unsupported by the forest owner data. In neither of the two countries was university education found to reduce the perception of risk from climate change. Indeed in most cases university education increased the perception of risk. Even more importantly, the effect of university education was not dependent on the individuals' value profile.

Authors/Creators:Blennow, Kristina and Persson, Johannes and Persson, Erik and Hanewinkel, Marc
Title:Forest owners' response to climate change
Subtitle:university education trumps value profile
Series/Journal:PloS one (1932-6203)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:11
Number:5
Page range:1-13
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN:1932-6203
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P40 Meteorology and climatology
X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 211 Other Engineering and Technologies > Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Climate Research
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Agrovoc terms:forest managers, climate change, attitudes, education
Keywords:climate change response, climate change adaptation, climate change, scientific literacy, forest owner, forest
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3574
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3574
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000376881700016
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0155137
ID Code:13533
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
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Deposited On:02 Aug 2016 11:14
Metadata Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 11:14

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