New article on climate change belief and companion piece on Nature community blog

New article on climate change belief and companion piece on Nature community blog

Małgorzata Kossowska, Gabriela Czarnek and Paulina Szwed have recently published an article entitled “Right-wing ideology reduces the effects of education on climate change beliefs in more developed countries” in Nature Climate Change. Following is the article’s abstract:

The effects of education on people’s climate change beliefs vary as a function of political ideology: for those on the political left, education is related to pro-climate change beliefs, whereas for those on the political right, these effects are weak or negative. This phenomenon has been examined mainly in the US, where climate change has become a highly politicized issue; however, climate change is less politicized in other contexts. Here we analyse the effects of education and political ideology across 64 countries and show that education has positive effects on pro-climate change beliefs at low and mid-levels of development. At higher levels of development, right-wing ideology attenuates (but does not reverse) the positive effects of education. These analyses extend previous findings by systematically investigating the between-country variation in the relationship between education, ideology and climate change beliefs. The current findings suggest that US-centric theories on the topic should not be generally applied to other contexts uncritically.

Additionally, a non-scientific summary of the results has been written by Gabriela Czarnek on the Nature community blog.