The fact that so many people still don’t believe that global warming is happening may be more surprising than global warming itself.
Interpret that however you want.
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by global warming based on the lifestyle choices we make (at least in the Western World). Then again, shouldn’t we know better by now?
An AP-GfK poll released today actually showed that “believers” have increased. In 2009, 75 percent of polled Americans thought global warming was occurring and 73 per cent thought it was a serious problem. Now, 78 percent of those surveyed said they thought temperatures were increasing and 80 percent called it a serious problem.
The poll also showed that concern over rising temperatures is growing faster among people who don’t usually trust scientists:
“Within that highly skeptical group, 61 percent now say temperatures have been rising over the past 100 years. That’s a substantial increase from 2009, when the AP-GfK poll found that only 47 percent of those with little or no trust in scientists believed the world was getting warmer.”
I wonder if the below pie chart was shown to the people in the poll?
Check it out. It may be the simplest infographic I’ve seen, but it speaks loudly.
Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility – In One Pie Chart (via Desmogblog)
This is a guest post by James Lawrence Powell.* Polls show that many members of the public believe that scientists substantially disagree about human-caused global warming. The gold standard of science is the peer-reviewed literature. If there is disagreement among scientists, based not on opinion…