Sunday, August 5, 2012

Confronting the evidence: climate change

There's a great piece in the NY Times today by Eric Klinenberg about how our summer's heat is changing American's perceptions of climate change.

An excerpt:

"For now, though, Americans, long cynical about global warming, are confronting the facts. According to a survey conducted in July by the University of Texas, 70 percent of Americans believe the climate is changing, compared to 65 percent in March, and only 15 percent say it isn’t. Party affiliation continues to divide public opinion, but today most Republicans, 53 percent, believe in climate change, as do 72 percent of independents and 87 percent of Democrats."

The question for tonight's dinner is:  Now that more folks are accepting that the Earth is getting warmer, what will it take for people to welcome the change that's needed to do something about it?

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