Highlights from recent research on the science of climate change communication:
- In the past year, the proportion of Americans who think the climate is changing has increased seven percentage points to 70 percent, the highest level since November 2008. A majority of Americans (58 percent) say they are "somewhat" or "very" worried about the issue. Three in four Americans support teaching climate change in schools (Leiserowitz, Maibach, Roser-Renouf, Feinberg, & Rosenthal, 2016).
- While 72 percent of Democrats say climate change is "very" or "extremely" important to their vote for president, just 25 percent of Republicans feel the same (Gallup, 2016).
- Sixty percent of Americans support the EPA's limits on methane pollution from new oil and gas wells (American Lung Association, 2016).
- Remind people of the moral basis for their views on environmental issues. This may strengthen their position (Luttrell, Petty, Briñol, & Wagner, 2016).
- New Hampshire residents who deny human-caused climate change were less likely to recall December's record-breaking heat (Hamilton & Lemcke-Stampone, 2016).
- Republicans in Gulf Coast states are less likely to believe the climate is changing and less likely to perceive that Gulf Coast hurricanes are getting stronger (Shao, Xian, Keim, Goidel, & Lin, 2016).
- A new interactive online tool depicts the impact of climate change in the United States. People who used the tool were more likely to believe the climate is changing and more likely to feel concerned (Herring, VanDyke, Cummins, & Melton, 2016).
- Teachers should instruct kids to think critically about climate change and to consider the plausibility of non-scientific explanations (Lombardi, Brandt, Bickel & Burg, 2016).
- Climate advocates and social scientists should think in terms two-way interactions rather than the one-way transmission of communication about climate change (Ballantyne, 2016).
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