Climate adaptation and climate mitigation do not undermine each other

In our new paper in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, we report results from an experimental cross-cultural study conducted in Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. We found that support for climate adaptation does not undermine people’s commitment to climate mitigation and vice versa. In fact, we found that prior focus on climate adaptation increases worry about the impacts of climate change, and leads to a higher commitment to climate mitigation. We conclude that concerns of policymakers and practitioners that focus on climate adaptation will undermine climate mitigation are unfounded.

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