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Better the Skeptic You Know… A Skeptic’s Mindset

In this new article by former global warming skeptic and publisher of “Skeptic” Magazine, Michael Shermer gives insight into the mind of a skeptic. Shermer expands upon his 2010 TED speech, encouraging skepticism appreciation. He challenges that skepticism is not necessarily a negative factor; instead, it just represents reasonable caution before receiving enough proof of […]

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The Planet has Lost Its Patience for Skeptics To Face Reality

The IPCC’s recently released report finally gives Americans a solid answer: climate change is causing more extreme weather and it’s getting worse. In the Time piece below, Eric Pooley references ecoAmerica’s ACEVS report‘s finding that there are still a strong minority that are “uncertain” and he goes on to say that this IPCC report means […]

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Americans Believe in Climate Change More than Global Warming

Americans Believe in Climate Change More than Global Warming

Rationale for why research shows Americans are more likely to believe in "climate change" than "global warming" is explored in this TreeHugger article.  The research's lead author Jonathon Schuldt believes that because "global warming focuses attention on temperature increases," an abnormally cold day can encourage doubt, while climate changes focuses "on more general changes." (more…)

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Why Dismissing Climate Skeptics—Even When They're Wrong—Is a Bad Idea

Why Dismissing Climate Skeptics—Even When They’re Wrong—Is a Bad Idea

In this TIME article, author Bryan Walsh's perspective is aligned with ecoAmerica's philosophy: when talking about climate change to skeptics, don't focus on science, instead connect with their values.  Walsh says, "It's not unusual—when scientific evidence and value systems collide, value systems often win out."  Therefore, as stated in a Michigan Ross School of Business […]

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How to Change a Climate Skeptic’s Mind

How to Change a Climate Skeptic’s Mind

  The Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science blog covers a new approach to talking with skeptics about the science of climate change.  Author Evan Girvetz promotes SkepticalScience.com, a site which includes the top assertions made by skeptics on climate, matched with recommended rebuttals conveying the facts on climate.  Smartphone and Twitter options are also available, […]

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Are We Hard-Wired to Doubt Science?

In this New York Times article, the author takes a look at the latest research on how people are wired to reject and ignore that environmental contaminants are causing harm to them and the planet, even when there is scientific proof tying this cause and effect.  The article features the theory that humans will always […]

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Bringing Green to the Masses and the Masses to Green

Bringing Green to the Masses and the Masses to Green

ecoAmerica friend, Jim Jubelirer, wrote a great piece in which he synthesized the various studies that have come out on people's attitudes and behaviors toward environmental issues (including ours). He goes on to discuss how deniers use cultural, ideological and other tactics to undermine climate solutions advocates. He recommends using targeted messaging based on values […]

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Paul Krugman cites ecoAmerica on Climate rage

Paul Krugman cites ecoAmerica on Climate rage

In his online post on Climate Rage yesterday, Paul Krugman cites ecoAmerica's American Climate Values Survey (ACVS). In trying to discern the cause for all the anti-environmental and climate anger, he references the ACVS and it's finding that environmentalism, and climate especially, are feminine. Krugman suggests that this and anti-intellectualism are two culture issues at […]

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Environmental groups unprepared for ‘Swift Boating’ of climate science

Environmental groups unprepared for ‘Swift Boating’ of climate science

Geoffrey Lean comments on the challenge the environment movement is faced with following recent polls revealing a decline in public support for climate solutions. The voices of climate skeptics are getting stronger and receiving more mainstream attention, not less. He suggests that public fallout from the recent email scandal was mishandled by environmental groups, allowing […]

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