Policy Update

Monthly Messenger: Perceptions on Weather Linked to Climate Beliefs

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Clara Summers
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Climate change continues to alter the environment around us including seasonal weather patterns and warmer than normal temperatures. How people perceive the local weather pattern of warmer-than-normal temperatures as compared to their beliefs on climate change is a question that researchers have been seeking to answer.

Researchers used surveys to identify a strong correlation between people’s view on weather and their belief in climate change. Those who believe in climate change are more likely to say they have experienced warmer-than-normal weather. However, those who do not believe in climate change were less likely to say they have experienced warmer-than-normal weather. These findings further emphasize the need to move public opinion on climate change as to spur action in response to local weather events.

Resources:

  • The full study can be found through Springer.
  • An article about the study can be found through UPR