More Work to Do on Global Warming

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From the BBC:

The public believes the effects of global warming on the climate are not as bad as politicians and scientists claim, a poll has suggested.

The Ipsos Mori poll of 2,032 adults – interviewed between 14 and 20 June – found 56% believed scientists were still questioning climate change.

There was a feeling the problem was exaggerated to make money, it found.

The Royal Society said most climate scientists believed humans were having an “unprecedented” effect on climate.

The survey suggested that terrorism, graffiti, crime and dog mess were all of more concern than climate change.

Wow. “Dog mess.” It just goes to show, people care more about small, immediate problems than huge, long-term ones. Perhaps the poll respondents should read some of Mother Jones‘ coverage of global warming, like “As the World Burns” or “The Thirteenth Tipping Point.” Or they should check out the Mother Jones Environment and Health page and its resident blog, the Blue Marble.

And for those who know the truth, here are the arguments you need when talking to a global warming denier.

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