More and more products carry ethical labels such as fair-trade or organic, which consumers view positively. Nevertheless, the sales figures of these products often remain low, even though they offer advantages for the environment or for society. A team of scientists from the University of Göttingen investigated what factors influence consumers' purchasing intentions. The results were published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, an international scientific publication which covers environmental and sustainable research and practice.
In October 2015, England introduced a charge for single-use plastic bags in supermarkets. An international research team, including Elena Sautkina from the Higher School of Economics, has conducted a mixed-methods longitudinal study and determined the extent to which British people approved of this policy initiative, and whether they were ready to support other environmental charges. The results were published in Frontiers in Psychology journal.
The methods can be replicated by cities to help them identify which neighborhoods are most at risk and what demographic factors characterize the most vulnerable citizens.
A new study sought to develop and validate a way to predict the risk of opioid overdose among Medicare beneficiaries with at least one opioid prescription. The model the researchers developed was more effective in predicting risk of overdose than traditional statistical models.
The self-reported struggle of many countries to design effective plans to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals has inspired a new UN tool to guide such nations along a 6-step path towards the critical SDG 6: clean water and sanitation for all. The SDG Policy Support System launches March 22, World Water Day, on the website of UNU-INWEH. It draws on extensive research into a universal recipe for accelerating SDG-6 progress.
There is an effective formula for unlocking employees' creative potential, according to new research from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Employers should incentivize workers to produce an abundance of ideas -- even mediocre ones -- and then have them step away from the project for an 'incubation period.'
Fulfilling the world's growing energy needs summons images of oil pipelines, electric wires and truckloads of coal. But Michigan State University research shows a lot of energy moves nearly incognito, embedded in the products, and leaves its environmental footprint home.
Previous research shows that when choosing between different incentive options, employees prefer cash rewards. But cash might not be the most effective incentive. Its replacement? Gift cards.
When more women are involved in group decisions about land management, the group conserves more - particularly when offered financial incentives to do so, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study published this week in Nature Climate Change.
Offering praise and having a good working relationship isn't always enough to engender loyalty from staff -- employees also need to feel that the relationship with their boss is important, according to new research.