Public understanding of carbon sequestration in Australia : socio-demographic predictors of knowledge, engagement and trust

Miller, Evonne, Bell, Lorraine M., & Buys, Laurie (2007) Public understanding of carbon sequestration in Australia : socio-demographic predictors of knowledge, engagement and trust. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 5(1), pp. 15-33.

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This article explores the extent to which socio-demographic characteristics influence knowledge, trust, risk perception and acceptance of an emerging scientific technology, carbon sequestration or carbon capture and storage (CCS), which is positioned as a solution to the greenhouse gas problem. An online survey of 1273 Australian adults highlights the general public’s lack of knowledge about CCS and willingness to engage and learn. Compared to men, women were less accepting of CCS and more concerned about safety, risk and effectiveness. Those with a higher education were more aware of the greenhouse gas debate and supportive of CCS, whilst younger Australians were more trusting of information providers to “tell the truth” about CCS. By identifying key attitudes, expectations and fears of specific sub-groups towards CCS, this research provides an initial basis for developing effective public policy and community engagement, risk communication and education strategies for this emerging technology in Australia

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ID Code: 12353
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: carbon sequestration, perception, trust, knowledge, socio, demographic differences
ISSN: 1449-0706
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Centre for Emerging Technologies and Society
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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