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April 02 2013

A National Survey of Republicans and Republican-­‐Leaning Independents on Energy and Climate Change

A National Survey of Republicans and Republican-­‐Leaning Independents on Energy and Climate Change

Highlights:

  • A majority of respondents (52%) believe climate change is happening, while 26 percent believe it is not, and 22 percent say they “don’t know.”
  • A large majority (77%) says the United States should use more renewable energy sources (solar, wind & geothermal) in the future. Among those who support expanded use of renewable energy, nearly 7 out of 10 think the U.S. should increase the use of renewable energy “immediately”.
  • By a margin of 2 to 1, respondents say America should take action to reduce our fossil fuel use.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections
March 31 2013

The wisdom of crowds: Predicting a weather and climate-related event

Environmental uncertainty is at the core of much of human activity, ranging from daily decisions by individuals to long-term policy planning by governments. Yet, there is little quantitative evidence on the ability of non-expert individuals or populations to forecast climate-related events. Here we report on data from a 90-year old prediction game on a climate related event in Alaska: the Nenana Ice Classic (NIC). Participants in this contest...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Consumer Behavior
March 06 2013

Global Warming’s Six Americas in September 2012

Global Warming’s Six Americas in September 2012

In this update on Global Warming's Six Americas, we report that the Alarmed have grown from 10 percent of the American adult population in 2010 to 16 percent in 2012. At the same time, the Dismissive have decreased in size, from 16 percent in 2010 to 8 percent in 2012.  The report focuses on how the six groups perceive the benefits and costs of reducing fossil fuel use or global warming; their support for different national climate change and energy policies; and their beliefs about who has influence over the decisions that elected officials make.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Six Americas
January 07 2013

Ending the Silence on Climate Change

Remember climate change? Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, appeared on Moyers & Company to discuss the challenge of getting people to talk about climate change.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections
January 01 2013

Video: Doha, Qatar panel on US, India, China Climate Change Communication Research

"Climate Change Public Opinion in the United States, China and India" - Findings presented at the UNFCCC COP 18, December, 2012, Doha Qatar

YPCCC is proud to present this comprehensive video of our panel discussion on international climate change perspectives from December 2012 at UNFCCC COP 18 in Doha, Qatar.  Climate change communication research findings from the US, China, and India were presented by panelists including Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Wang Binbin and Professor Zheng Baowei of the China Center for Climate Change Communication, and Dr. Jagadish Thaker of the Indian Climate Research Network.

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Outreach Projects
December 17 2012

Willingness to pay and policy-instrument choice for climate change policy in the United States

This paper provides the first willingness-to-pay (WTP) estimates in support of a national climate-change policy that are comparable with the costs of actual legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress. Based on a survey of 2,034 American adults, we find that...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Consumer Behavior Policy Support
December 02 2012

The relationship between personal experience and belief in the reality of global warming

In this paper, we address the chicken-or-egg question posed by two alternative explanations for the relationship between perceived personal experience of global warming and belief certainty that global warming is happening: Do observable...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Risk Perceptions
November 28 2012

Public Climate Change Awareness and Climate Change Communication in China

Public Climate Change Awareness and Climate Change Communication in China

Highlights

  • 93 percent of respondents say they know at least a little about climate change. 11 percent say they know a lot, 54 percent know something, and 28 percent know just a little about it. 7 percent have never heard of climate change.
  • 55 percent say that climate change is caused mostly by human activities, while 38 percent say that climate change is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Perceptions Trust
October 18 2012

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012

Highlights

  • Americans’ belief in the reality of global warming has increased by 13 percentage points over the past two and a half years, from 57 percent in January 2010 to 70 percent in September 2012. At the same time, the number of Americans who say global warming is not happening has declined nearly by half, from 20 percent in January 2010 to only 12 percent today...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
October 09 2012

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind

Highlights

  • A large and growing majority of Americans say “global warming is affecting weather in the United States” (74%, up 5 points since our last national survey in March 2012).
  • Asked about six recent extreme weather events in the United States, including record high summer temperatures, the Midwest drought, and the unusually warm winter and spring of 2011-12, majorities say global warming made each event “worse"...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Risk Perceptions Vulnerability & Resilience
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