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Contributions of psychology to limiting climate change

Opportunities through consumer behavior

Kimberly S. Wolske1 and Paul C. Stern2,3,    1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States,    2Social and Environmental Research Institute, Northampton, MA, United States,    3Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Abstract

In this chapter, we seek to answer two questions: What does psychology know about encouraging individual and household behaviors to limit climate change, and where can psychology contribute most to climate change mitigation through future research? We argue that to meet climate change mitigation targets, psychologists need to look beyond the behaviors they have typically studied—frequent curtailment ...

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