Saturday 27 March 2010

The reported rise in US climate scepticism has been exaggerated

Analysis suggests that US commentators have been confusing the public's priority on dealing quickly with jobs and the economy with a drop-off in belief about climate change happening.

In fact: 
  • 75% of Americans believe that the world’s temperatures have probably been going up;
  • Public confidence in what scientists say about the environment has remained constant over the last few years with 70% of respondents trusting scientists a lot or moderate amount;
  • More people believe that weather has been relatively cooler and more stable in 2008 and 2009 compared to previous years.

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