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February 04 2010

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in January, 2010

The results of a new national survey on public responses to climate change focuses on public beliefs and attitudes and finds that public concern about global warming has dropped sharply since the fall of 2008: The percentage of Americans who think global warming is happening has declined 14 points, to…

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
December 09 2009

International Public Opinion on Climate Change Video

The below video is a result of a collaboration with the Gallup World Poll on an annual global survey including questions on climate change in 150+ countries worldwide. The first results were presented at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.



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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Vulnerability & Resilience
July 17 2009

International Public Opinion, Perception, and Understanding of Global Climate Change

Natural scientists have described global warming as perhaps the preeminent environmental risk confronting the world in the 21st century. Meanwhile, social scientists have found that public risk perceptions strongly influence the way people respond to hazards. What the public perceives as a risk, why they perceive it that way, and how they will subsequently behave are thus vital questions for policy makers attempting to address global climate change, in which the effects are delayed, have inequitable distributions of costs and benefits, and are beyond the control of any one group.

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Topics: International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions
October 31 2006

Communication and mental processes: Experiential and analytic processing of uncertain climate information

People process uncertainty information in two qualitatively different systems. Most climate forecast communications assume people process information analytically. Yet people also rely heavily on an experiential processing system. Better understanding of...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Knowledge / Climate Literacy
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