Climate change concern surges in US

The percentage of Americans concerned by global warming has seen a significant uptick in the last decade, with nearly 75% reporting that they think that climate change is happening, a new report released by an US based climate research group.

The report, co-published by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University, found that 51% of respondents are “extremely” or “very” sure that climate change is happening, an increase of 14% over 2008 responses.

Additionally, 62% of responders believed that climate change is mostly human-induced, while only 23% believed it to be entirely due to natural changes in the environment.

The report found that only 57% believe that there is scientific consensus on the issue, with that number plummeting to 20% when asked if they understood how strong the level of consensus in the scientific community.

Optimism still dominates the broad view, with only 14% of responders saying that they feel that it’s too late to do anything about global warming.

The full report can be found here

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