Climate Change and Human Behavior

"Everyone has a role in climate action. At the United Nations, we are calling on people everywhere to work together to solve climate challenges...It's our planet, and while we know it is in crisis, we also know that solutions are in reach.–United Nations

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated that it is extremely likely that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature of the planet from 1951 to 2010 was caused by human activities.

Annual Reviews has curated a new interdisciplinary article collection that delves into the interplay between human behavior and climate change, exploring how these two dynamic forces influence each other, and what their combined impact means for public health and the environment. The reviews provide insight on effective human-led strategies to enable necessary change and ensure future sustainability. Our experts discuss several key topics:

  • Understanding Human Behavior and Societal Norms
  • Steps Towards Sustainability
  • Adaptation Strategies to Crises
  • Public Health and the Environment

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Understanding Human Behavior and Societal Norms

Psychology of Habit

Wendy Wood and Dennis Rünger, Annual Review of Psychology

Psychology of Climate Change

Linda Steg, Annual Review of Psychology

The Psychology of Environmental Decisions

Ben R. Newell, Rachel I. McDonald, Marilynn Brewer, and Brett K. Hayes, Annual Review of Environmental and Resources

Sociology and the Climate Crisis

Eric Klinenberg, Malcolm Araos, and Liz Koslov, Annual Review of Sociology

Climate Change and Society

Thomas Dietz, Rachael L. Shwom, and Cameron T. Whitley, Annual Review of Sociology

Why People Do What They Do: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis of Human Action Theories

Harold N. Eyster, Terre Satterfield, and Kai M.A. Chan, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Harnessing the Power of Communication and Behavior Science to Enhance Society's Response to Climate Change

Edward W. Maibach, Sri Saahitya Uppalapati, Margaret Orr, and Jagadish Thaker Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Values, Norms, and Intrinsic Motivation to Act Proenvironmentally

Linda Steg, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Changing Norms to Change Behavior

Dale T. Miller and Deborah A. Prentice, Annual Review of Psychology

Steps Towards Sustainability

Transforming Consumption: From Decoupling, to Behavior Change, to System Changes for Sustainable Consumption

Dara O'Rourke and Niklas Lollo, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

From Low- to Net-Zero Carbon Cities: The Next Global Agenda

Karen C. Seto, Galina Churkina, Angel Hsu, Meredith Keller, Peter W.G. Newman, Bo Qin, and Anu Ramaswami, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Can We Tweet, Post, and Share Our Way to a More Sustainable Society? A Review of the Current Contributions and Future Potential of #Socialmediaforsustainability

Elissa Pearson, Hayley Tindle, Monika Ferguson, Jillian Ryan, and Carla Litchfield, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Adaptation Strategies to Crises

At the Water's Edge: Coastal Settlement, Transformative Adaptation, and Well-Being in an Era of Dynamic Climate Risk

William Solecki and Erin Friedman, Annual Review of Public Health

The Future of Tourism in the Anthropocene

A. Holden, T. Jamal, and F. Burini, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Human Cooperation and the Crises of Climate Change, COVID-19, and Misinformation

Paul A.M. Van Lange and David G. Rand, Annual Review of Psychology

Environmental Decision-Making in Times of Polarization

Madeline Judge, Yoshihisa Kashima, Linda Steg, and Thomas Dietz, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Public Health and the Environment

Climate Change and Water and Sanitation: Likely Impacts and Emerging Trends for Action

Guy Howard, Roger Calow, Alan Macdonald, and Jamie Bartram, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Municipal Solid Waste and the Environment: A Global Perspective

Sintana E. Vergara and George Tchobanoglous, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Social Networks and Health: New Developments in Diffusion, Online and Offline

Jingwen Zhang and Damon Centola, Annual Review of Sociology

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