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Interactive U.S. mapping of climate opinions

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An everyday guide to the science of talking about climate change.

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Fery, P., Speiser, M., Lake, C., and Voss, J., ecoAmerica and Lake Research Partners

The latest in this ongoing survey of Americans' opinions on climate, fielded in September 2017, found that while Americans are more pessimistic about our chances of tackling the problem (36% agree "Nothing we can do will stop climate change", an 8 percent jump from 2016), more Americans are talking about climate change (36% "Have heard or read about climate change from friends or family", a 9% jump from 2016), and their support for local action has increased (41% "Want their city to conserve energy", a 14% jump from 2016).  

Alexander Maki, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment. Washington Post

The young but growing body of research on climate change communication has produced key insights into changing minds on climate: messenger matters, people respond based on values, educating people can make a difference, emphasizing risk can spur people to action, and when people and communities feel they can mitigate climate change, they're more likely to act. Research also suggests a variety of messages can influence people's agreement with the scientific consensus on global warming and that humans are contributing, and people respond differently to different kinds of messages. Links to key resources on each insight in the article.

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Rosenthal, S., Cutler, M., & Kotcher, J. Yale University & George Mason University

A majority (63%) of Americans are worried about global warming, including 22% who are "very worried", the highest percentage reporting that level of concern since this ongoing survey was first run in 2008. The survey also found 64% of Americans think global warming is affecting the weather, and 33% think weather is being affected "a lot", an 8 percentage point increase from May 2017. 38% of Americans say they're talking about climate change with friends and family "often" or "occasionally", a 12 point increase from May, but still far less than the 62% who "rarely" or "never" discuss it. Only 5% say humans can and will successfully reduce global warming.