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Title: Human Choice and CCS Deployment: What have we learned from the social sciences about CCS?

It is my pleasure to present this Virtual Special Issue of key social science papers that have been published in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGCC). These papers show that the social science research community has significantly advanced the state-of-the-art from vague discussions about the “acceptance of CCS” to a body of deeply insightful and actionable knowledge about how CCS is likely to be framed and how framing will impact the ultimate deployment of CCS as a means of mitigating anthropogenic climate change. The papers assembled here shed light on core issues such as how do humans make decisions about a new technology like CCS that they have no direct personal experience with and what is it is about “new” technologies that we find unsettling. These papers also speak to what are the best, and for that matter the worst, ways of presenting inherently highly technical information to lay audiences, including insights about the substance of the information, the form in which the information is delivered, and who delivers it. An extended editorial about this virtual special issue is freely available on ScienceDirect. I hope you find the papers contained in this Virtual Issue to be as informativemore » and insightful as I do.« less
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Journal Name: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 17:v-vi
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
social science; carbon dioxide capture and storage; climate change; greenhouse gas mitigation