More Americans believe & fear Climate Change

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication & George Mason Univeristy Center for Climate Change Communication released a new report indicating more Americans are beginning to accept climate change as fact, as well as are becoming more fearful of its implications.

Acccording to the new report, Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012, Americans are more concerned than before about global warming. More and more, they see global warming as threatening to themselves, their families, communities, and believe it is already affecting people in the US and other countries. In fact, their concern is at its highest since November of 2008, with 58 percent of Americans now describing themselves as somewhat or very worried. 76% now say they trust climate scientists as a source of climate change information and 60% also trust the informaiton from TV weather reporters. The report also shows, 54% of Americans agree human activity is a principal cause of global warming, up 8% since March 2012, and, Americans more so recognize there is no longer a debate amongst the scientific community about the reality of climate change.

I for one feel this is promising news…Now to motivate these newly enlightened folks to action! What can you do? Start by learning more for yourself. Check out the EPA’s site on Midwest Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation for a good overview.

Read the full Yale/GMU report here or come find it in the Center for Sustainability (L242)

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Feinberg, G., & Howe, P. (2012) Climate change in the American mind: Americans’ global warming beliefs and attitudes in September, 2012. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

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