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When climate change becomes a health issue, are people more likely to listen?
Date:7/19/2010

Arctic regions and distant peoples and animals," says Maibach. "The public health perspective offers a vision of a better, healthier futurenot just a vision of an environmental disaster averted."

The research, which was published in the latest issue of the BioMed Central Public Health journal, also provides clues about specific public health messages that might not be helpful (such as eating less meat) and points to examples or associations that might trigger counter-arguments and negative reactions.

"Many leading experts have suggested that a positive vision for the future, rather than a dire one, is precisely what has been missing from the public dialogue on climate change thus far," says Maibach. "We believe this survey is one step in shaping a way to talk about climate change that will reach all segments of the publicnot just those who already are making behavioral changes."


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Contact: Tara Laskowski
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George Mason University
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