Impact of knowledge, concern and awareness about global warming and global climatic change on environmental behavior


ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY, vol.22, no.7, pp.6245-6260, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10668-019-00475-5
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, PASCAL, ABI/INFORM, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, CAB Abstracts, Geobase, Greenfile, Index Islamicus, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.6245-6260
  • Keywords: Structural equation modeling, Global climatic change, Global warming, Knowledge, Awareness, Concern, Environmental behavior, PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS, BELIEF, ATTITUDES, EFFICACY, MODEL
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Global warming refers to the increase in average temperatures as a result of natural phenomena and the greenhouse effect caused by gases released into the atmosphere as a result of human activities, while global climatic change refers to the climatic change that results from global warming. Changes in the climate resulting from global warming cause increases in meteorological events such as drought, desertification, imbalance and deviations of precipitation, floods, typhoon, storm and tornado. The purpose of the study investigated the level of knowledge, concern and awareness about global warming and global climatic change (GWCC) effect on environmental behavior. For this purpose, a "structural equation modeling (SEM)" is proposed for the intercorrelations between the four latent variables. According to the results obtained by SEM, it was found that as the level of knowledge increased, concern and awareness also increased. Also, indirect link between the level of knowledge about (GWCC) and environmental behavior was detected.