Highlights from recent research on the science of climate change communication:
- A record number of Americans feels concerned about global warming (Gallup, 2017).
- Six in ten Americans support a carbon tax if the revenue is used to lower income taxes. Americans are more supportive if the revenue is used to fund clean energy research (University of Michigan, 2017).
- Around two-thirds of Californians view climate change as a "major threat" and believe the state should create policies to address the issue (Public Policy Institute of California, 2017).
- More than three in four Floridians are concerned about climate change (Saint Leo University Polling Institute, 2017).
- Four in five Virginians support expanding wind and solar energy. Less than half support expanding coal mining and fracking for natural gas (Christopher Newport University Wason Center for Public Policy, 2017).
- North Carolina voters are more likely to support a candidate who supports clean energy (Conservatives for Clean Energy, 2017).
- Broadcast news coverage of climate change fell significantly in 2016. PBS provided far more comprehensive coverage of climate change than other networks (Media Matters, 2017).
- During periods of unusually cold or hot weather, Democrats are more likely to believe climate change is caused by humans. Republicans are less likely to believe so (Bohr, 2017).
- A new study shows that Republicans are more likely to believe information if it is attributed to Donald Trump, while Democrats are less likely to believe information if it is attributed to Donald Trump. The results suggest that partisans look to the source of information to determine whether that information is true or false (Swire, Berinsky, Lewandowsky, & Ecker, 2017).
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