Highlights from recent research on the science of climate change communication:
- When confronted with a range of uncertainty around warming predictions, conservatives tend to focus on the low end of the range. (Dieckmann, Gregory, Peters, & Hartman, 2016).
- A new poll shows that four in five Republicans between 18 and 34 believe the climate is changing. Three in four believe humans are the cause. Nearly three in five support a revenue-neutral carbon tax (Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, 2016).
- A growing number of Americans, particularly millennials, believe the climate is changing (University of Texas, 2016).
- Most voters oppose drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantic. Two in three support keeping fossil fuels in the ground (Natural Resources Defense Council, 2016).
- One in three Americans say that, in the past year, they have rewarded companies taking steps to fight climate change. But, just one in five believe their actions influence companies (Roser-Renouf, Atkinson, Maibac, & Leiserowitz, 2016).
- Climate change has brought more rain and floods to New Hampshire, but most residents don't believe that the weather is changing. Liberals are more likely than conservatives to believe the state has seen more flooding in the past decade (Hamilton, Wake, Hartter, Safford, & Puchlopek, 2016).
- In the United Kingdom, people affected by floods are more likely to regard climate change as an important issue (Demski, Capstick, Pidgeon, Sposato, & Spence, 2016).
- Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change failed to convert conservative Catholics. Conservative Catholics familiar with the encyclical didn’t change their beliefs about climate change to accommodate the Pope’s view. Rather, they changed their view of the Pope to accommodate their views on climate change (Li, Hilgard, Scheufele, Winneg, & Jamieson, 2016).
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