Extreme Weather and Politics Driving Divide on Climate Change

A lightning storm over water.

A new survey finds that seventy percent of Americans think climate change is happening, and nearly sixty percent understand that it is largely human-caused. That puts us back approximately where we were ten years ago, before politics and economics eroded public acceptance of climate change.

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, points to three factors that caused a precipitous drop in public acceptance of climate science in 2009 and 2010. Up until then, concern about the issue had been rising, among both politicians and the general public….

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