About one-fifth of Americans believe that climate change is not a real thing, despite all the evidence, as well as a near-consensus among scientists that the problem is indeed real, a Yale University survey finds.
In March, researchers at Yale University released a study which showed that one-fifth of the U.S. citizens do not think climate change is actually taking place.
The new survey that was conducted by the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, found that 18 percent of Americans say that climate change is not happening, while only about 63 percent of the survey participants believe climate change is in fact real.
In 2014, another poll conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Pew Research Center showed an even bigger gap between scientists and many Americans, when it comes to climate change.
The results of the poll showed that 87 percent of scientists believed that human activity led to global warming, compared with only 50 percent of Americans who did believed the same thing.
Henry Pollack, a winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and a retired professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan, said that the scientific community rarely sees a near-universal consensus, such as the one regarding the influence of human activity on our planet’s climate.
An explanation as to why so many Americans doubt climate change may be because the issue is discussed too infrequently. One survey found that 40 percent of the U.S. populous hears about global warming in the media once a month and only about 19 percent of them say they hear about the problem of global warming once a week.
Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science believes that scientists should inform the public about climate change in smaller settings where more questions could be answered, and not in big town hall meetings.
Successful public relation campaigns by the gas and coal industry, as well as scientists hired by the industry may be the reason why so many people believe that climate change is not real, even though scientists all over the world have already provided solid evidence to back up the theory.
According to Pollack, some big corporations hired scientists that denied the harmful effects of toxic waste and tobacco. Because of such false information, the public became very confused and misinformed with regard to climate change, Pollack added.
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