10 Oct '12, 12am

Three-Fourths of Americans Now Think Climate Change Is Influencing the Weather

So, after a year marked by record breaking heat, massive wildfires, and drought that consumed 60% of the nation, almost three quarters of Americans now recognize that climate change is driving some of that funny business. A new poll from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications says as much . Some of the highlights: A large and growing majority of Americans say “global warming is affecting weather in the United States” (74%, up 5 points since our last national survey in March 2012). Asked about six recent extreme weather events in the United States, including record high summer temperatures, the Midwest drought, and the unusually warm winter and spring of 2011-12, majorities say global warming made each event “worse.” Americans were most likely to connect global warming to the record high temperatures in the summer of 2012 (73%). Americans increasingly say weather...

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