Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education, and Outreach:Policy, Decision Making and Outreach Component Climate change perceptions of the general public in Nevada Zhongwei Liu, Ph.D. William James Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
Outline • Introduction • Survey implementation • Preliminary results
Introduction Climate change surveys literature Bord et al., 1998; O’Connor et al., 1999; Leiserowitz, 2005, 2006; Kellstedt et al., 2008; Brody et al., 2008; Leiserowitz et al., 2009; Malka et al., 2009; McCright, 2010; McCright and Dunlap, 2011. MI and VA – (Dietz et al., 2007; Shwom et al., 2008; Shwom et al., 2010); VA, CA, MS and PA – (Borick and Rabe, 2010); NH and MI – (Hamilton, 2010). Data: Surveys, focus groups, video, field work, literature http://epscorspo.nevada.edu/native-american-indian-video Survey: Baseline data to measure: Knowledge; Assumptions; Policy preferences and willingness to act.
Climate change survey State-wide telephone survey by Cannon Survey Center (UNLV), Sept. to Dec., 2011 Samples are drawn by Survey Sampling International. Land line + wireless telephones N=1,188 (14 in Spanish) Response rate = 24.5%. Average interview time: 27 min (range: 10 – 80)
Respondents by zip code--Ranchers & FarmersN = 460
Importance of climate change • Climate change as a priority to the U.S. government
Climate change knowledge I believe that we are in a period of climate change.
Climate change knowledge I believe that human activity has not been playing a significant role in recent climate change.
Climate change impacts General Public Farmer/Rancher
Timing of impacts When do you think climate change will begin harming people in your community?
Willingness to pay about climate change • If it helped to solve climate change, how much would you be willing to pay more per month on your electricity bill?
Next steps Statistical tests and regression analyses Spatial patterns of perceptions Contrast data with our other data Publish and perform outreach
Acknowledgements NSF EPSCoR Grant # EPS0814372 Dr. Tom Piechota (UNLV Co-PI), Dr. Helen Neil, Dr. Haroon Stephen, graduate students past and present, Nevada’s citizens • Questions/Comments? • Thank You!