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Discussion on the psychology of uncertainty

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Following the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, countries from around the world have backed climate science and committed to reducing emissions. But for years, public and political uncertainty has delayed cooperation and action. Why has uncertainty had such a powerful psychological effect on us and why is it so damaging?

Cognitive scientist Professor Stephan Lewandowsky is a Royal Society Research Fellow in the Department for Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol.