Effect of “finite pool of worry” and COVID-19 on UK climate change perceptions

Darrick Evensen*, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Phil Bartie, Patrick Devine-Wright, Jennifer Dickie, Adam Varley, Stacia Ryder, Adam Mayer

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Abstract / Description of output

Research reveals that a “finite pool of worry” constrains concern about and action on climate change. Nevertheless, a longitudinal panel survey of 1,858 UK residents, surveyed in April 2019 and June 2020, reveals little evidence for diminishing climate change concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, the sample identifies climate change as a bigger threat than COVID-19. The findings suggest climate change has become an intransigent concern within UK public consciousness.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • climate change
  • COVID-19
  • finite pool of worry
  • longitudinal
  • United Kingdom


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