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2013-02-13 15:00:36

Governments need to create environmental policies that populations will over time accept as normal Researchers should study how people's social and personal norms are influenced by behavior and use their insights to help governments promote pro-environmental actions, a distinguished group of scholars writes in the March issue of BioScience. The authors maintain that effective policies induce not only short-term changes in behavior but also long-term changes in norms. More effective...

2009-07-08 16:30:25

A U.S. study suggests people are more likely to become involved in conservation programs if their neighbors are also involved. Michigan State University Professor Jianguo Liu said his study is the first to look at social norms in the context of China's conservation efforts. The study focused on a mammoth government initiative called Grain-to-Green that pays Chinese farmers to convert cropland back to forest. Liu said while money is a key factor in whether people sign up for the voluntary...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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