14 Apr '12, 1am

Only 1/4th of Gulf Residents are More Concerned About the Environment After BP Spill

This, evidently, wasn't catastrophic enough. New research from the University of New Hampshire takes a look at the long-term reactions of those impacted by the BP spill—and finds that only a relatively small fraction have grown more concerned about other environmental issues. Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, told Science Daily that "About one-fourth of our respondents said that as a result of the spill, their views on other environmental issues such as global warming or protecting wildlife had changed." And that number jumped when their jobs or livelihoods were threatened too. Here's Hamilton in SD again: "This proportion rose to 35 percent among those most affected economically by the spill. People reporting changed views also expressed greater concern about sea level rise due to climate change, more support for a moratorium on...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-disasters/only-14th-gulf...

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