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Part I Public Understanding and Mitigation of Climate Change The December 2009 workshop was devoted to four distinct topical sessions and might therefore be considered as a set of smaller workshops. The first was devoted to public understanding of climate change and the other three to policy-related topics concerning efforts to limit future cli- mate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or implementing low- emission technologies. Roger Kasperson, the panel chair, introduced the December 2009 work- shop by saying that this set of workshops is atypical of a National Research Council event in two ways. First, it allows a core of social scientists to engage in detailed discussion of the social science issues. Second, instead of formulating research agendas, its focus is on a few areas in which research- ers are confident that the social sciences already know quite a bit that can contribute to policy discussions internationally, in the federal government, in the private sector, and at the state and local levels, both now and in the future. Chapters 1-4 report on the presentations and discussions at the December workshop: 1. public understanding of climate change, 2. opportunities for climate change mitigation by household action, 3. public acceptance of energy technologies, and 4. organizational change and the greening of business. 

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