Public perceptions and support of climate intervention technologies across the Global North and Global South

Chad M. Baum*, Livia Fritz, Sean Low, Benjamin K Sovacool

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Abstract

Novel, potentially radical climate intervention technologies like carbon dioxide removal and solar geoengineering are attracting attention as the adverse impacts of climate change are increasingly felt. The ability of publics, particularly in the Global South, to participate in discussions about research, policy, and deployment is restricted amidst a lack of familiarity and engagement. Drawing on a large-scale, cross-country exercise of nationally representative surveys (N = 30,284) in 30 countries and 19 languages, this article establishes the first global baseline of public perceptions of climate-intervention technologies. Here, we show that Global South publics are significantly more favorable about potential benefits and express greater support for climate-intervention technologies. The younger age and level of climate urgency and vulnerability of these publics emerge as key explanatory variables, particularly for solar geoengineering. Conversely, Global South publics express greater concern that climate-intervention technologies could undermine climate-mitigation efforts, and that solar geoengineering could promote an unequal distribution of risks between poor and rich countries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2060
Number of pages15
JournalNature Communications
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • climate-change mitigation
  • decision making
  • developing world
  • human behavior

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