Public concern for air quality: Explaining change in toronto, canada, 1967–1978

J. M. Dworkin, K. D. Pijawka

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The paper presents the results of an empirical study of the change in perception of air quality in Toronto, Canada from 1968–1978. 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 reviewed in the context of existing perception studies. In explaining change, the study found: (1) perception of ambient air quality was not related to air pollution levels; (2) air pollution declines as a public concern as other socioeconomic problems surface; and, (3) 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
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

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