Record number in US say global warming real

Katie Ramirez
January 27, 2019

"Global warming used to be viewed as a problem distant in time and space", said report co-lead researcher Ed Maibach, a climate change and public health communications expert at George Mason University.

And the idea that the climate is just changing on its own is falling away. "A number of potential initiatives may best be achieved through collective effort and to facilitate this, ICA has recently established the committee".

Guess what percentage of American say global warming is "personally important" to them.

A significant majority of Americans are unwilling to contribute $10 each month to address climate change, an AP-NORC survey found.

The level of concern increased sharply from the previous "Climate Change in the American Mind" poll in March 2018. The number of people who think climate is mostly human caused, and the number who report having personally experienced the effects of global warming, both are at their highest points since the survey began in November 2008.

Today the Yale Program on Climate Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication released their latest national survey, which finds that a vast majority of Americans care about climate change. This acceptance has strengthened in recent years, rising by 10 percent since March 2015. But new surveys suggest that awareness of climate change is growing, at least a little bit. Roughly half think they'll personally be hurt by global warming, but even more think that others will bear the brunt of the damage - especially future generations and the poor. It found that support grew if the taxes went to preferred uses, with 67 percent saying they would approve of the charges if the money went to restore forests, wetlands and other natural features.

Not surprisingly as the per-month price increased, the percentage of respondents willing to pay generally decreased.

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The advancing ranks of climate change believers still don't include many Republicans.

Leiserowitz believes that extreme weather, like 2018's deadly Hurricane Florence, is pushing people to reconsider their views on global warming.

In one, an global panel warned of dire consequences if temperatures increase more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

All those factors contributed to significant changes in perceptions of global warming in the US, according to the authors of a new public opinion survey.

Finally, Leiserowitz said, President Donald Trump's strong statements as a climate change skeptic appear to be driving some people in the opposite direction.

Trump was first to weigh in, joking in a weekend tweet that because of the cold weather, it'd be nice "to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!"

James Rainey is a reporter for NBC News, based in Los Angeles.

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