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Do Americans connect climate change and extreme weather events?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today released a special report on the influence of climate change on extreme weather events. In the United States, Americans have endured a record-setting series of extreme weather events in 2011, including the Mississippi floods, record high summer temperatures, and severe drought in Texas and Oklahoma. In a November 2011 national survey, we found that a majority of Americans believe global warming made the following events worse.

For more information:

IPCC (2011) The Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Communication (2011) Current Extreme Weather and Climate Change