How to talk to people about climate change
As our planet warms, seas rise and catastrophic weather events become more frequent, action on climate change has never been more important. But how do you convince people who still don’t believe that humans contribute to the warming climate?
Mar 30, 2021
‘Individual action matters’: climate communicators need to give useful advice, researcher says
CBC spoke to Jiaying Zhao, the Canada Research Chair in behavioural sustainability and a psychology professor at UBC, about the need for better communication and action against climate change. “Instead of just […]
Apr 8, 2019
The fear of losing it all
Jiaying Zhao, a UBC psychologist who studies scarcity, spoke to The Cut about how the feeling of not having enough money affects cognitive abilities.
Mar 25, 2019
‘We can do a lot better’: Metro Vancouver recycling, composting rate stalls at 63%
CBC spoke to Jiaying Zhao, a professor UBC’s psychology and sustainability departments, about household recycling in Vancouver. Zhao suggested several ways to make recycling easier, such as simplifying signs on […]
Jan 28, 2019
Donation bin-related deaths prompt manufacturer to stop production
Various media outlets reported on donation bin-related deaths in Canada and mentioned work being done by UBC engineers, led by professor Ray Taheri, to design a safer bin. Stories appeared […]
Jan 9, 2019
Online game trains players how to sort waste correctly
A simple online game can teach people to more accurately sort waste—with lasting results, a new UBC study has found.
Dec 6, 2018
Making bins more convenient boosts recycling and composting rates
Want to recycle or compost more? Try moving the bins closer, new UBC research suggests.
Apr 20, 2017
Self-worth boosts ability to overcome poverty
For people in poverty, remembering better times – such as past success – improves brain functioning and increases their willingness to seek help from crucial aid services.
Dec 17, 2013