ISTPP researchers Dr. Xinsheng Liu and Dr. Kent Portney and their coauthors Feng Hao at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Yinxi Liu at Inner Mongolia University have published their paper, “Examining Public Concern about Global Warming and Climate Change in China,” in The China Quarterly.
In their study, which is the first of its kind to use data from a national public survey and province-level environmental and economic statistics, the authors examine the variations and determinants of Chinese citizens’ concern about global warming and climate change. Data analysis shows that the levels of Chinese concern about global warming and climate change are significantly influenced by individual sociodemographic characteristics, personal post-materialist values, and regional economic dependency on carbon-intensive industries. Concern for global warming and climate change tends to be higher among younger people, women, and those who express higher levels of post-materialist values. Such values emphasize quality of life and civil rights, among other concerns. In provinces where the economy is more dependent upon carbon-intensive industries, individuals tend to indicate lower levels of concern for global warming and climate change compared to those in other provinces.
Liu, Xinsheng, Feng Hao, Kent Portney, and Yinxi Liu. 2019. “Examining Public Concern about Global Warming and Climate Change in China.” The China Quarterly (early view). DOI: 10.1017/S0305741019000845