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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
September 28 2010

Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

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...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Communication Six Americas
July 08 2010

Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming in June 2010

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation
July 08 2010

Global Warming’s Six Americas: June 2010

 

This report extends and updates an ongoing program of research analyzing Americans’ interpretations of and responses to climate change. This research segments the American public into six audiences that range along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement from the Alarmed, who are convinced of the reality and danger of climate change, and who are highly supportive of personal and political actions to mitigate the threat, to the Dismissive, who are equally convinced that climate change is not occurring and that no response should be made.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
April 26 2010

Race, Ethnicity and Public Responses to Climate Change

In this report we examine public support for climate change and energy policies among different racial and ethnic groups. We find that in many cases, minorities are equally as supportive, and often more supportive of national climate and energy policies, than white Americans.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Policy Support Risk Perceptions Trust
April 23 2010

Citizen’s Guide to Taking Action on Climate Change

Citizen’s Guide to Taking Action on Climate Change

Scientists currently estimate that avoiding dangerous climate change would require significant emissions reductions below 1990 levels by 2050. In addition to preventing dangerous impacts from climate change such as sea level rise and severe weather events, climate action can promote economic prosperity, energy security, more livable communities, and create ample cost-saving opportunities for businesses and homes.

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Politics / Elections
February 24 2010

Global Warming’s Six Americas 2010

In 2009 we identified six distinct “Americas” when it comes to the issue of global warming. One year later, we are releasing a report on the status of these six key audiences. We have found that one of these groups: the “Dismissive” – who believe global warming is not happening…

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
February 17 2010

Do Americans’ Actions Speak Louder than Words on Climate & Energy?

Do Americans’ Actions Speak Louder than Words on Climate & Energy?

The Yale Project on Climate Change released in its 3rd report: Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming. In brief, found that there is a significant gap between Americans’ conservation attitudes and their actual behaviors.

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation
February 17 2010

Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming. January 2010

Today we are releasing our latest report: Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming. In brief, we found that there is a significant gap between Americans’ conservation attitudes and their actual behaviors. For example:

  • 88 percent of Americans say it is important to recycle at home, but only 51 percent “often” or “always” do;
  • 81 percent say it is important to use re-usable shopping bags, but only 33 percent “often” or “always” do;

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation
October 19 2009

Finding the teachable moment: An analysis of information-seeking behavior on global warming related websites during the release of The Day After Tomorrow

This paper investigates how the mass media may influence information-seeking behavior through an analysis of how the release of the movie The Day After Tomorrow, a fictional depiction of global warming causing catastrophic natural disasters...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Health Media Risk Communication
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