NewEnergyNews: Why Europe Fights Climate Change While The U.S. Denies It

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    Friday, October 06, 2017

    Why Europe Fights Climate Change While The U.S. Denies It

    Why people around the world fear climate change more than Americans do

    Gregory J. Carbone, October 4, 2017 (PhysOrg)

    “…Just 56 percent of Americans see climate change as a major threat, versus an average of 64 percent of Europeans surveyed [according to recent Pew Center poling]…Why the difference? Like climate data itself, data regarding public concern for climate change are ‘noisy.’ Public response can vary depending on what's going on in the news that week…[There seems to be no single explanation for the way] the public perceives the threat of climate change…[P]ublic concern about climate change has evolved dramatically over the past three decades. In the U.S., now more than ever, it seems tied to ideology…[Some psychologists thing scientific literacy influences responses…Europeans have significantly greater scientific knowledge about the causes of climate change than Americans…It's possible that such knowledge translates into a sense of responsibility for mitigating climate change. But having more general scientific knowledge is not as relevant as knowing specifically about climate change…Americans are more likely prioritize individual liberty, while Europeans tend to value the role of the state…[I]n the U.S., the most striking and consistent finding is that political affiliation influences perceptions of climate change…[so] addressing this 21st-century threat will require creative thinking that recognizes different worldviews…” click here for more

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