ICA sets up climate change action group

ICA sets up climate change action group

ICA sets up climate change action group

He led the team behind the survey, "Climate Change in the American Mind", which was a collaboration between Yale and George Mason Universities.

"Americans have, unfortunately, had far more experience with what climate change looks like", researcher Anthony Leiserowitz told NPR. "A number of potential initiatives may best be achieved through collective effort and to facilitate this, ICA has recently established the committee".

Presented with a definition of global warming as "the idea that the world's average temperature has been increasing over the past 150 years, may be increasing more in the future, and that the world's climate may change as a result" and asked whether they thought that global warming is happening, 73% of respondents said yes, 14% said no, and 13% indicated that they didn't know. A landmark United Nations report from a year ago warned that the world has little more than a decade to limit catastrophic climate change, which will involve millions of people displaced by sea level rise or subjected to deadly heatwaves, as well as the loss of nearly all of the planet's coral reefs.

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Considering that for so long people have brushed off climate change as someone else's problem, that's a clear sign that people are starting to get that the effects of climate change are tangible now and they are not immune.

While 57 percent of those surveyed would contribute $1 a month to combat global warming, that number drops significantly when the monetary contribution increases. The study shows 62 percent of Americans understand that climate change is mostly human-caused, and around half of Americans believe they or their loves ones will be impacted by upcoming climate changes.

The poll from Yale and George Mason showed a significant rise in the amount of people who said climate change is "extremely", "very", or "somewhat" important to them, according to The New York Times. This is the highest that number has ever been, up from 63 percent in 2015.

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Majorities would support a carbon tax if the money went to restore forests, wetlands, and other parts of the environment; fund research and development into renewable energy sources; or expand public transportation. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in December found that 71 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of independents believe that climate change is a serious problem and that "immediate action is necessary".

Also grabbing public attention were two 2018 reports that emphasized the urgency of responding to global warming.

While the increased awareness of climate change and the need to address it immediately is welcome, that in itself doesn't get the job done. People understand that climate change is real, at a level they never have before.

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"It has been shown he is the most divisive president in modern history", Lewiserowitz said, "so when he speaks up in that way, it pushes many Americans in exactly the opposite direction".

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