It looks like the message that climate change is real is slowly catching on, even in the US. PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) conducted a survey jointly with the Religion News Service (RNS) and the results are quite revealing:
More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans agree that over the last few years, the weather has gotten more extreme. Roughly 3-in-10 (29%) say the weather has not changed, and less than 1-in-10 (6%) report that the weather has become less extreme.
More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans say the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence of global climate change, while one-third (33%) disagree.
Three-quarters of Americans agree that there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades.
The report says that the figure for the last item has been fluctuating quite a bit, ranging from 77% in 2006, down to 57% in 2009, back up to 69% in 2011, to the current figure of around 75%.
Other hopeful results:
Among Americans who believe the earth is getting warmer, a majority (60%) say these temperature changes are the result of human activity such as burning fossil fuels.
Two-thirds (67%) of Americans say that the U.S. government should do more to address climate change.
However, the survey also shows that there are still a large number of crazies out there.
More than one-third (36%) of Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times.
Nearly 6-in-10 (58%) Americans agree that God is in control of everything that happens in the world.
The very last statistic interested me. When coupled with the other results, that implies that there are a considerable number of people (at least 20%) who believe that god wants global temperatures to rise and create extreme weather patterns. This seems silly to me. What I suspect is that a lot of people tend to feel that they must answer ‘yes’ to the last question.
Bill Nye narrates a nice tutorial of how climate change can result in extreme weather patterns.