Authors: Wanyun Shao et al.
Hazard of Interest: Risk perceptions of Global Warming
Methods: Ordered-logit regression with clustered standard errors, GIS
Key Research Issues: Weather, climate, or economy – what explains the variations in risk perceptions of global warming in the first decade of 21st century?
1. Summer temperature trends over the past 10 years, among other weather and climate measures, are shown to have consistently positive effects on public perceptions of global warming.
2. Macroeconomic conditions—represented by the unemployment rate at the county level—do not appear to influence public perceptions of global warming.
3. Democrats and liberals are more likely than Republicans and conservatives to see global warming as an immediate and serious problem.
4. Young people, women, racial minorities, and individuals with lower income and higher levels of education tend to be more concerned about the impacts and severity of global warming than their counterparts.