Exposure to the IPCC special report on 1.5 °C global warming is linked to perceived threat and increased concern about climate change

  • Charles A. OgunbodeEmail author
  • Rouven Doran
  • Gisela Böhm


This article investigates the influence of exposure to the IPCC special report on 1.5 °C global warming on climate change attitudes. Among a nationally representative sample of the Norwegian public, we found that exposure to the report is associated with greater perceived threat from climate change and increased climate change concern. However, this association was modestly moderated by political orientation. Exposure to the report had a weaker association with perceived threat and climate change concern among politically right-leaning individuals, compared with their left-leaning counterparts, and there was no association between exposure to the report and climate change concern among individuals who self-identified as being on the far-right end of the political spectrum. We conclude that, despite the commonly observed tendency for biased assimilation of climate change information and polarisation of opinion among the public, scientific communication regarding climate risks may still have a viable role to play in promoting climate change engagement and action.


Climate change Risk communication Concern Norway 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial Science, Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyInland Norway University of Applied SciencesLillehammerNorway

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