PUBLIC CONCERN FOR AIR QUALITY: EXPLAINING CHANGE IN TORONTO, CANADA, 1967-1978.

J. M. DWORKIN, David Pijawka

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THE PAPER PRESENTS THE RESULTS OF AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF THECHANGE IN PERCEPTION OF AIR QUALITY IN TORONTO. THE DATA SHOW A SHIFT IN PUBLIC CONCERN WITH AND AWARENESS OF AIR QUALITY. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE 1978 POPULATION REGARDED AIR QUALITY AS DEGRADED, AIR POLLUTION DECLINED AS A PUBLIC CONCERN, REQUIRING A LESS SERIOUS RESPONSE BY GOVERNMENT THAN OTHER SOCIETAL PROBLEMS. THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY WERE REVIEWEDIN THE CONTEXT OF EXISTING PERCEPTION STUDIES. IN EXPLAINING CHANGE, THE STUDY FOUND: PERCEPTION OF AMBIENT AIR QUALITYWAS NOT RELATED TO AIR POLLUTION LEVELS; AIR POLLUTION DECLINES AS A PUBLIC CONCERN AS OTHER SOCIOECONOMIC PROBLEMS SURFACE; AND THE MASS MEDIA HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN AFFECTING PUBLIC ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR OVER ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ISSUES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalINT J ENVIRON STUD
VolumeV 20
Issue numberN 1
StatePublished - Nov 1982
Externally publishedYes

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PUBLIC CONCERN FOR AIR QUALITY : EXPLAINING CHANGE IN TORONTO, CANADA, 1967-1978. / DWORKIN, J. M.; Pijawka, David.

In: INT J ENVIRON STUD, Vol. V 20, No. N 1, 11.1982, p. 17-26.

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