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Featured Article: The impact of climate change awareness on behavioral changes in Germany: changing minds or changing behavior?

Authors: Sandra Venghaus, Meike Henseleit and Maria Belka

Using Germany as a case study, it was investigated whether an increase in climate change awareness triggers changes in public perceptions concerning environmental and sustainability issues, and whether it also leads to sustainable behavioral shifts.

As an example, both the election outcome and the public participation in elections may be an important indicator.

In order to scrutinize the question of effectiveness, the available data were analyzed as to whether climate change awareness does in fact manifest itself in behavioral changes towards climate protection, or whether it halts in the minds of people, merely leading to controversial debates and either no or ambivalent behavioral responses in Germany.

The results confirm that the increase in climate change awareness has spurred strong dynamics in the debate around climate change both among the population and in the political realm

In conclusion, more research is needed to determine whether there is actually a lasting shift in paradigm regarding the climate crisis and the environment caused by increased climate change awareness, both in terms of the analyzed lifestyle and consumption decisions as well as with respect to policy-making.


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Edited by: Dagmar Fiedler, Daniela Thrän

Governing sustainability of bioenergy, biomaterial and bioproduct supply chains from forest and agricultural landscapes
Edited by: Inge Stupak, Tat Smith, Nicholas Clarke


Sustainable use of aquatic macrophytes for the production of bioenergy
Edited by: Lucie Moeller, Andreas Zehnsdorf

Biofuels and (Ir)responsible Innovation
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The broader view – systems analysis for sustainable bioenergy
Edited by: Katja Bunzel, Daniela Thrän

Sustainable Energy – A Systems Approach
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Cape Forum on Green and Smart Transitions in Cities and Regions: Technical and Governance Challenges
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Andreas Zehnsdorf @ 50: A tribute
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Young Researchers Forum about Sustainable Development
Edited by: Martin Dolinský, Michael Narodoslawsky

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems
Edited by: Detlef Stolten, Viktor Scherer

The Transition of Energy Systems towards Sustainability: Challenges and Lessons Learnt from the German 'Energiewende'
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Relevant socio-economic aspects for the diffusion of renewable energy technologies
Edited by: Martina Schaefer

Governing the Climate Challenge and Energy Transition in Cities
Edited by: Thomas Hoppe, Ellen van Bueren


Microbiology of Sustainable Biogas Production
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Energy is one of the most important resources for the sustainable development of mankind. We all are responsible for the economical usage of the available and for the search for novel energy sources which have to be environmentally friendly and economically feasible. In light of the tragic events at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Fukushima, there has never been a better time for launching a new multidisciplinary, international BMC journal, that particularly welcomes articles from the field of novel energies. We are particularly interested in research that addresses complex issues with innovation potential at the interface of science, environment, technology and society. We are also looking for articles that concentrate on technological breakthroughs and major innovations in the emerging field of energy, work that looks into the integration of environmental and social needs with future economics, and research dealing with environmentally friendly energies rather than focusing solely on renewable energies.

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