The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Record Number of Americans Believe in Climate Change: Poll Taken During Record Heat Wave
More Americans than ever think that there is evidence that the planet is warming, and a record high also believe human activity is at least partially responsible, according to a new survey.
The University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College's annual survey, released Wednesday, finds that 73 percent of Americans think there is "solid evidence" of climate change, while 60 percent of the population now think that human beings have an influence on how the climate is changing.
The survey was conducted during the record hot May of this year, when temperatures spiked across the country, and researchers say that the warm weather may have partially influenced responses.
The survey also shows that the partisan split on climate remains strong: while 90 percent of Democrats say climate change is occurring, only 50 percent of Republicans say the same, as high a divide since the survey's start in 2008.
As reported by The Guardian:
"There's lots of evidence that contemporary weather is a contributing factor to belief in climate change," said Chris Borick, director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. "But there are other factors. People are telling us they are experiencing a climate that isn't what they remember in the past and the evidence itself, such as declining polar ice, is having an effect. Americans are moving to a lot more confident space on this."
For a deeper dive:
- What Americans Really Think About Climate Change - The Atlantic ›
- Most Americans Want Climate Change Policies - Scientific American ›
- How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps - The ... ›
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Tara Lohan
It's been the wettest 12 months on record in the continental United States. Parts of the High Plains and Midwest are still reeling from deadly, destructive and expensive spring floods — some of which have lasted for three months.
Mounting bills from natural disasters like these have prompted renewed calls to reform the National Flood Insurance Program, which is managed by Federal Emergency Management Agency and is now $20 billion in debt.
By Brenda Ekwurzel
When temperatures hit the 80s Fahrenheit in May above latitude 40, sun-seekers hit the parks, lakes, and beaches, and thoughts turn to summer. By contrast, when temperatures lurk in the drizzly 40s and 50s well into flower season, northerners get impatient for summer. But when those 80-degree temperatures visit latitude 64 in Russia, as they just did, and when sleet disrupts Mother's Day weekend in May in Massachusetts, as it just did, thoughts turn to: what is going on here?
By Eoin Higgins
A bill making its way through the Texas legislature would make protesting pipelines a third-degree felony, the same as attempted murder.