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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Who believes in global warming?

A Yale study of Americans found that more than half (52%) would fail an elementary test of knowledge about global warming. In fact, three out of four would like to know more about it.
And a sizeable majority (68%) would like to see global warming taught in schools.
Yale found in its study – Americans' Knowledge of Climate Change – that only a small fraction of Americans surveyed (10%) felt that they were very well informed on climate change.
It "found important gaps in knowledge and common misconceptions about climate change and the earth system. These misconceptions lead some people to doubt that global warming is happening or that human activities are a major contributor, to misunderstand the causes and therefore the solutions, and to be unaware of risks," the report said.
Half of Americans recognize that global warming is a result of human actions. Fifty-seven percent understand that the greenhouse effect describes gasses that trap heat in the atmosphere, and 45 percent know that carbon dioxide traps heat from the surface of the Earth. Just a quarter know about coral bleaching and ocean acidification, the study revealed.
For our other posts on people's knowledge of global warming and the difficulty in selling the dangers it poses, click here, here, here and here.

What is very clear about these surveys is that a lot of work needs to be done to enlighten ordinary people about the causes of global warming, and the impact on our societies of the climate change that is coming.


1 comment:

  1. The problem is, when ever somebody tries to raise awareness to these issues they are immediately labeled as "bleeding hearts". If you care about the environment you must not care about people. As an activist, it is very difficult to live under constant scrutiny.

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