Climate Denialism Down, But So Is Caring About Climate
Scientific American and Nature recently published the results of a survey they undertook to understand how Americans feel about science. Unfortunately, because they solicited participation via their respective websites, the 21,000 respondents were above-average in scientific understanding: a whopping 19% had doctorates, versus around 1% of the general population. Predictably, the #1 source of trusted information for this reader group was... wait for it... scientists! The least trusted was "religious authorities."
Despite this bias, one encouraging finding was that climate denialism is shrinking, and the US is not among the worst offenders. According to the survey, in the US 37% of people are "more certain" humans are changing the climate, while 14% were "more doubtful" of man-made climate change. In contrast, in Japan 22% were more doubtful, and in Brazil, 20%. Overall, however, "Among those respondents who have changed their opinions in the past year, three times more said they are more certain than less certain that humans are changing the climate," the survey reported.