Climate Change in the American Mind

Climate Change in the American Mind

A survey by the  and the  finds that 73 percent of Americans today believe global warming is happening — up 10 percentage points since March 2015 and outnumbering by more than five-to-one those (14 percent) who don't believe it is happening, with 51 percent saying they are "extremely" or "very" sure, up 14 percentage points. Funded by the  and the , , , and  foundations, the survey also found that 62 percent of respondents believe that global warming is caused mostly by human activities, up 10 points from 2015, while 23 percent believe it is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment, down 9 points. And while 69 percent of respondents are at least "somewhat worried" about global warming, including 29 percent who are "very worried" — the highest level since the survey was launched in 2008 — at least nearly half think they (49 percent), their family (56 percent), people in their community (57 percent), people in the U.S. (65 percent), the world's poor (67 percent), people in developing countries (68 percent), plant and animal species (74 percent), and/or future generations (75 percent) will be harmed by climate change.

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