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August 26 2012

Climate Change in the Indian Mind

Climate Change in the Indian Mind

Highlights

Millions of Indians are observing changes in their local rainfall, temperatures, and weather, report more frequent droughts and floods, and a more unpredictable monsoon.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Health International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Media Policy Support Risk Perceptions Sustainability Trust Values & Religion Vulnerability & Resilience
May 15 2012

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in March 2012

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in March 2012

Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in March 2012 reports results from a national survey of Americans' global warming beliefs and attitudes. Overall, Americans' beliefs and attitudes about global warming have remained relatively stable over the past several months, with a few exceptions. There has been a slight increase in the proportion of people that believe global warming is happening and a slight decrease in the proportion that believe it is caused by mostly by human activities...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
December 11 2011

Do Americans support an international treaty on climate change?

On December 11 at the Durban (South Africa) Conference on Climate Change, the world agreed  to extend the Kyoto Protocol and begin negotiations on a new global treaty that will require all countries (developed and developing) to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In a national survey completed in November 2011, we found that a large majority of Americans (66%) support signing an international treaty requiring the US to cut emissions 90% by 2050.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Health Knowledge / Climate Literacy Media Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
December 07 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2011

Highlights and Changes since May 2011:

  • Public understanding that global warming is happening remained essentially unchanged at 63 percent, while belief that it is caused mostly by human activities increased three points since May 2011, to 50 percent.
  • A majority of Americans (57%) now disagree with the statement, “With the economy in such bad shape, the US can’t afford to reduce global warming” – an 8 point increase in disagreement since May 2011.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
November 20 2011

Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement

Although a majority of US citizens think that the president and Congress should address global warming, only a minority think it should be a high priority. Previous research has shown that four key beliefs about climate change—that it is real, human caused...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
June 06 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in May 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in May 2011

Highlights and changes since June 2010:

  • Roughly half of all Americans believe that global warming is already causing or making the following things worse in the United States: coastline erosion and flooding, droughts, hurricanes, rivers flooding, and wildfires.
  • Public understanding that global warming is happening rose 3 points, to 64 percent.
  • Public understanding that it is caused mostly by human activities declined three points, to 47 percent.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
April 18 2011

American Teens’ Knowledge of Climate Change

American Teens’ Knowledge of Climate Change reports results from a national study of what American teens in middle and high school understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts and potential solutions to global warming. This report describes how knowledge of climate change varies across both American teens and adults. Using a straight grading scale, 25 percent of teens received a passing grade (A, B, or C), compared to 30 percent of American adults. While knowledge levels vary, these results also indicate that relatively few teens have an in-depth understanding of climate change. For more information, please click on the PDF.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Youth / Families
February 15 2011

Knowledge of Climate Change Among Visitors to Science & Technology Museums

Knowledge of Climate Change Among Science & Technology Museum Visitors reports results from a national study of what the American public understands about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts and potential solutions to global warming. This report describes how knowledge of climate change varies across Science and Technology Museum visitors. Using a straight grading scale, 38% of both occasional and frequent museum visitors received a passing grade (A, B, or C), compared to 19% of non-visitors. While knowledge levels vary across the groups, these results also indicate that relatively few museum visitors have an in-depth understanding of climate change. For more information, please click on the PDF.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Youth / Families
December 08 2010

Knowledge of Climate Change Across Global Warming’s Six Americas

Knowledge of Climate Change Across Global Warming’s Six Americas

This report draws from a national study conducted in 2010 on what Americans understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming. This report then examines climate literacy across Global Warming's Six Americas.

Overall, knowledge about climate change varies widely across the Six Americas - 49 percent of the Alarmed received a passing grade (A, B, or C), compared to 33 percent of the Concerned, 16 percent of the Cautious, 17 percent of the Doubtful, 4 percent of the Dismissive, and 5 percent of the Disengaged. In general, the Alarmed and the Concerned better understand how the climate system works and the causes, consequences, and solutions to climate change than the Disengaged, the Doubtful and the Dismissive.

These and other results within the report demonstrate that most Americans both need and desire more information about climate change. While information alone is not sufficient to engage the public in the issue, it is often a necessary precursor of effective action.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Six Americas
October 27 2010

Partisan Views of Climate Change

Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change reports results from a national study of what Americans understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming. Among other findings, the study identifies a number of important gaps in public knowledge and common misconceptions about climate change.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Media Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Perceptions Trust
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