Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Most Americans plan action to alleviate climate change

Most Americans plan action to alleviate climate change

By the end of the year, 72 percent of individuals surveyed said climate change was important to them, a nine percent increase from March. 46% of respondents said they have personally experienced the effects of global warming, and almost one-third think climate change is affecting US weather "a lot".

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"Americans have, unfortunately, had far more experience with what climate change looks like", researcher Anthony Leiserowitz told NPR. The number of people who think climate is mostly human caused, and the number who report having personally experienced the effects of global warming, both are at their highest points since the survey began in November 2008.

That poll found similarly wide acceptance that climate change is happening, among seven in ten Americans.

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The survey indicates that not only is the number of Americans who think climate change is happening on the rise, but the amount of certainty people have about its occurrence also is increasing.

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) is stepping up its efforts to manage the impact of climate change on the industry and communities, amid stark warnings that failure to arrest global warming will cost the world dearly. But new surveys suggest that awareness of climate change is growing, at least a little bit. For those who increasingly believed climate science in the previous five years, 76 percent said that extreme weather events changed their perception. Roughly half think they'll personally be hurt by global warming, but even more think that others will bear the brunt of the damage - especially future generations and the poor. Sixty-nine percent of Americans now say they're anxious about global warming, more than ever before. Nearly half also support a carbon tax, and more than half support that tax if the money went to an environmental cause or renewable energy research. It found that support grew if the taxes went to preferred uses, with 67 percent saying they would approve of the charges if the money went to restore forests, wetlands and other natural features. However, if the monthly charge increased to $10 a month, just 28 percent would be supportive, while 68 percent would be opposed.

"One of the clearest and most consistent observations we had is that for many Americans, climate change remains a distant problem", Leiserowitz said.

The advancing ranks of climate change believers still don't include many Republicans. That position is the same as when the poll first asked the question, in 1999. Having once called climate change a "hoax", Trump continues to tweet doubts about the seriousness of the problem, prompting fact-checking media coverage.

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