Title: Climate change awareness: Empirical evidence for the European Union
Authors: Claudio Morana - Universita di Milano Bicocca (Italy) [presenting]
Abstract: Public attitudes on climate change in Europe over the last decade are assessed. Using aggregate figures from the Special Eurobarometer surveys on Climate Change, we find that the evolution of climate change attitudes over time is well described by the ``S-shaped'' information dissemination model, conditional to various socioeconomic and climatological factors. In particular, we find that environmental concern is directly related to per capita income, social trust, secondary education, the physical distress associated with hot weather, and loss caused by extreme weather episodes. It is also inversely related to greenhouse gas emissions and tertiary education. Moreover, we find a significant, opposite impact for two temporal dummies for years 2017 and 2019, which, consistent with their timing and expected role for opinion leaders, is tempting to associate with Donald Trump's denial campaigns and the U.S. Paris Agreement withdrawal announcement and Greta Thunberg's environmental activism, respectively.