Does risk communication really decrease cooperation in climate change mitigation?

Mike Farjam, Olexandr Nikolaychuk, Giangiacomo Bravo

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Effective communication of risks involved in the climate change discussion is crucial and despite ambitious protection policies, the possibility of irreversible consequences actually occurring can only be diminished but never ruled out completely. We present a laboratory experiment that studies how residual risk of failure of climate change policies affects willingness to contribute to such policies. Despite prevailing views on people’s risk aversion, we found that contributions were higher at least in the final part of treatments including a residual risk. We interpret this as the product of a psychological process where residual risk puts participants into an ”alarm mode,” keeping their contributions high. We discuss the broad practical implications this might have on the real-world communication of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
JournalClimatic Change
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


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