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Cause, Effect, and the Power of “We”: Motivating People to Act on Climate

According to a recent Gallup poll, concern about climate change is at its highest level in eight years. This is very encouraging. However, there is still some confusion about how climate change actually works, and to what degree humans are responsible.   This became apparent to me during a recent webinar I attended, called Making […]

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New Record: 65% of Americans Accept That Climate Change Is Caused by Human Activity

The U.S. may have reached an important tipping point for climate action. According to a new Gallup poll, concern about climate change is at its highest level in eight years, with 64 percent of respondents saying they worried “a great deal” about the warming planet.   Other climate opinions reached entirely new levels: 41 percent […]

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Poll: 64% of Americans Believe Reducing Carbon Emissions Should Be a Priority

The latest University of Texas Energy Poll found broad support among Americans for collaborative action against climate change. 43 percent said they feel “climate change is an urgent threat and all countries need to take action equally.” But perhaps surprisingly, an even greater number (48 percent) said they felt the U.S. should do more than […]

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Why Climate Coverage Fails to Engage Audiences (and How That Can Be Improved)

2015 was arguably the most newsworthy year ever for the climate movement – but except for major events like Pope Francis’ encyclical and the COP21 summit, climate change actually suffered from a lack of media coverage. As this Huffington Post article explains, many climate experts and journalists feel climate change gets far less attention in […]

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Want to Motivate People to Act on Climate Change? Ask Them How They Want to Be Remembered

More and more Americans are aware of the dangers of climate change – but that doesn’t always translate to action. Often, more immediate concerns such as paying bills or caring for their families take priority. Communications that show how climate solutions answer those concerns (by reducing air pollution, for example, or by lowering energy costs) can […]

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3 Areas Where Americans Agree on Clean Energy and Climate Change

Is the American public really divided on climate change? According to a new memo recently put out by nine Democratic pollsters, bipartisan support for addressing climate change is actually quite broad. The report found three main areas of consensus:   1. Most Americans consider climate change a serious issue and want action to address it […]

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4 Factors That Affect How People Feel About Climate Change

People around the world are increasingly united on the need for global cooperation to fight climate change. According to a new Pew survey, 78 percent of the global population supports an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. However, this and other surveys have found that support for fighting pollution doesn’t necessarily mean a person is […]

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Climate Change Acceptance Is Up – Concern Is Not

As we have discussed in previous posts, acceptance of climate change among Americans is on the increase – 70 percent of Americans (and 54 percent of Republicans) say they believe climate change is happening. However, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, only one out of three are […]

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How to Reach the 40 Percent of Global Citizens Who Have Never Heard of Climate Change

As climate communicators, we’re always seeking to better understand what shapes beliefs and opinions about climate change. A new global study helps shed light on this question. Specifically, it explores the factors that contribute to a) climate awareness and b) how big a risk climate change is perceived to be.   As this Washington Post […]

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69% of Americans Now Express Concern About Climate Change

Climate change is a big concern for the majority of people across the globe. But what about here in the U.S.? According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, Americans are also growing more concerned about climate impacts. As this New York Times article reports, around 69 percent of respondents said climate change […]

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