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Climate change and individual behavior : considerations for policy

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    Climate change is anthropogenic - the product of billions of acts of daily consumption. That solutions need to be anthropogenic too is well accepted. Yet, suggested solutions are normally cast in the realms of finance and technology, often neglecting the primal root of the problem: individual behavior. An emerging body of social-psychology scholarship has examined the barriers and drivers of individual behavior in relation to both adaptation and mitigation. This paper reviews some of its conclusions, and suggests policy areas that should be considered in devising appropriate interventions.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5058.

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    Date of creation: 01 Sep 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5058

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    Keywords: Environmental Economics&Policies; Climate Change; Transport and Environment; Energy Production and Transportation; Environment and Energy Efficiency;

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    1. Ian Rowlands, 2011. "Co-impacts of energy-related climate change mitigation in Africa’s least developed countries: the evidence base and research needs," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 37575, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Linda M Penalba & Dulce D. Elazegui, 2011. "Adaptive Capacity of Households, Community Organizations and Institutions for Extreme Climate Events in the Philippines," EEPSEA Research Report rr2011072, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), revised Jul 2011.

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