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To Increase Disaster Aid, Do Not Mention Global Warming


Charities looking for donations after a natural disaster may want to avoid linking the disaster to climate change, a study from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, suggests.

Researchers found that climate change skeptics are more likely to justify withholding aid if a drought, typhoon or flood is attributed to climate change than if appeals for aid do not mention the phenomenon.

"What our work suggests is that when a disaster occurs and organizations are appealing to the public for aid, it is best to minimize the inclusion of heavily politicized topics," Daniel Chapman, lead author of the study and a graduate student in social psychology, said in an email. "The primary objective in the aftermath of a disaster is to work out the best means of aiding the victims."

It can also be difficult to attribute natural disasters to climate change, he added, so leaving climate change out of discussions about aid is best.

Chapman and his adviser, Brian Lickel, divided more than 200 participants into two groups. Each group was given a hypothetical news story about a famine in sub-Saharan Africa, but one group's article linked drought-related famine to climate change, while the story given to the other group did not mention climate change.

Anarchapulco June 2024