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Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development

Climate Change Research Project: 2009 - Present

Climate Change Research Project: 2009 –Present

 

The CVCERD Climate Change Research Project investigates people's understanding, knowledge and beliefs regarding a variety of issues related to climate change. This project began in 2009 with a survey of Chippewa Valley adults and UW-Eau Claire students and has continued through the present.

We have conducted surveys in the Chippewa Valley as well as across the United States and even in China among adults, college students and also middle and high school students.

Our focus in this research is on whether people think climate change is happening and what is causing it as well as how much risk of harm they perceive from climate change and how concerned they are about it. In addition, we have explored people's views on the science of climate change as well as their support for various policies to address climate change.

Our most recent work compares climate change public opinion across the diverse populations in the two largest carbon emitting countries in the world; China and the United States. Meaningful global action to address climate change will require both China and the United States to be involved. Thus, a better understanding of how citizens in these two countries view climate change is of great interest.

Thus far we have one peer reviewed published article and have written many reports and given many presentations. Below is a complete listing of our work on the Climate Change Research Project.

If you have a further interest in this project, for example, access to data and publications or a more detailed analysis, please contact Professor Eric Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or by email at jamelsem@uwec.edu.

In particular, please feel free to contact Dr. Jamelske if you have any ideas for future research projects related to climate change public opinion and/or if you would like to collaborate on a future research project with our group.

Publications and Working Papers

  • Comparing Climate Change Awareness, Perceptions, and Beliefs of College Students in the United States and China, Journal of Environmental Studies & Sciences, v3, n3, pp. 269-278, September 2013  
  • Assessing Wisconsin Middle and High School Student Knowledge About Global Warming: Implications for Science Education and Public Policy in the United States – Under review, Journal of Environmental Education – Spring 2014
  • Examining Adult Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States and China – Working paper – Spring 2014
  • Examining College Student Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States and China – Working paper – Spring 2014
  • Assessing Citizens' Willingness-to-Pay for Climate Change Mitigation Policy Action in China and the United States – Working paper –Spring 2014 

Reports

  • Examining Public Opinion on Climate Change Among Wisconsin College Students and Adults - Spring 2014
  • Examining Adult Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States and China - Spring 2014
  • Examining College Student Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States and China - Spring 2014
  • Comparing Survey Results to Assess Climate Change Awareness, Perceptions and Beliefs of College Students in the United States and China – Spring 2012 (pdf)
  • Comparing Survey Results to Assess Political Differences in Relation to Climate Change/Global Warming Awareness, Perceptions and Beliefs of College Students in the United States – Spring 2012 (pdf)
  • What Do College Students in the United States and China Think About Global Warming? – Spring 2011 (pdf)
  • What Do UWEC Students and Chippewa Valley Households Think About Global Warming? – Spring 2010 (pdf)
  • A Citizen's Guide to Useful Resources on the Science and Public Policy of Climate Change – Spring 2010 (pdf)

Presentations

  • Examining Adult & College Student Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States and China - Spring 2014
  • Assessing Citizens' Willingness-to-Pay for Climate Mitigation Policy Action in China and the United States - Spring 2014
  • Comparing Climate Change Public Opinion of Adults and College Students in the United States and China Preliminary Results from Surveys of Chinese Adults in Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian and Chengdu – Fall 2013 (pdf)
  • Climate Change/Global Warming Survey Project Building Research and Education Partnerships Between the United States and China – Summer 2013 (pdf)
  • What do Wisconsin Middle School and High School Students Think About Climate Change –Spring 2013 (pdf)
  • What do College Students in the United States and China Think About Climate Change? –Fall 2012 (pdf)
  • Examining Political Differences in Relation to Climate Change Awareness, Perceptions and Beliefs of College Students in the United States – Fall 2012 (pdf)
  • What Do UWEC Students and Chippewa Valley Households Think About Global Warming? – Fall 2010 (pdf)


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