Climate Change Beliefs and Hazard Mitigation Behaviors: Homeowners and Wildfire Risk

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In this article, researchers examined the relationships among climate change beliefs, environmental beliefs, and hazard mitigation actions in the context of wildfire, a natural hazard projected to be intensified by climate change. Survey respondents are situated across a continuum between "believers" and "deniers" that is multidimensional. Placement on this believer-denier spectrum is related to general environmental attitudes. Researchers fail, however, to find a relationship between climate change beliefs and wildfire risk-reduction actions in general. In contrast, researchers found a statistically positive relationship between level of wildfire risk mitigation and being a climate denier. Further, certain pro-environmental attitudes are found to have a statistically significant negative association with the level of wildfire risk mitigation.