Based on the questionnaire survey, this paper analyzes China’s public perception of climate change in terms of several influence factors and some empirical findings are obtained. We find that some respondents are willing to take individual actions to address climate change, and they pay more attention to climate change or approve that climate change does harm to residents and society; meanwhile, they tend to have confidence in the government to deal with climate change or believe that fiscal and taxation policies are the effective policy measures. However, there are also other respondents unwilling to take actions and argue that climate change proves the natural consequences. Thus, in order to motivate the public to take actions, the paper suggests that the government should widespreadly disseminate relevant knowledge about climate change to the public and guide the work to address climate change and adopt proper fiscal and taxation policies.
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We are grateful to the financial support of National Basic Research Program of China under the Grant No. 2012CB955704, National Natural Science Foundation of China under the Grant Nos. 71020107026, 71001008, and 71273028.
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Yu, H., Wang, B., Zhang, YJ. et al. Public perception of climate change in China: results from the questionnaire survey. Nat Hazards 69, 459–472 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-013-0711-1
- Public perception
- Climate change
- Questionnaire survey
- Individual actions