19 Apr '12, 1pm

People sitting in warm rooms are more likely to believe in global warming

All this time we’ve been trying to make the public understand climate change using science and logic, and it turns out we could have just made everyone wear sweaters. People’s beliefs about climate change are closely tied to the temperature they’ve recently experienced — so much so that, as Justin Gillis of the New York Times explains , people sitting in warmer rooms are more likely to say that global warming is a problem: Some people answered the questions in a cubicle at a normal room temperature, and some in a cubicle that had been heated up 10 degrees with a space heater. Amazingly, the experience of being hot caused people to be more likely to say that global warming was a problem, even when logic should have told them the temperature inside a building has nothing whatsoever to do with the climate. Also, people who ate salty pretzels before answering questions about d...

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