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.Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Youth / Families
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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.Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Six Americas
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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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.Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions
Education and communication are among the most powerful tools the nation has to bring hidden hazards to public attention, understanding, and action. Citizens, governments, and the private sector cannot factor climate change into their decisions...Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Communication Six Americas
A national survey of Americans' global warming beliefs and attitudes. The survey was fielded from May 14 to June 1, 2010 with a nationally representative sample of 1,024 adults, using the online research panel of Knowledge Networks.
The report includes measures of public global warming beliefs, risk perceptions, personal importance, information needs, trust in different information sources, attitudes towards individual action, and how these have changed since January, 2010 and November, 2008. A few highlights and changes since January, 2010:Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
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…Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
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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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.International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions
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...Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Knowledge / Climate Literacy