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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/07/08

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

New survey results on American knowledge of and attitudes toward climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE AMERICAN MIND: MARCH 2016

Seven in ten Americans think that global warming is happening, and
slightly over half think that, if it is happening, it is mostly owing
to human activity, but only about one in ten know that nearly all
climate scientists agree that global warming is happening as a result
of human activity. Those were among the key findings of Climate Change
in the American Mind: March 2016.

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, 70% of respondents said yes, 11% said no,
and 18% indicated that they didn't know.

Asked about the cause of global warming, on the assumption that it is
happening, 53% of respondents said that it is caused mostly by human
activities, 34% said that it is caused mostly by natural changes in
the environment, 7% opted for "neither because global warming isn't
happening," and 5% volunteered that it was a mix of human activities
and natural causes.

Asked to indicate "what percentage of climate scientists think that
human-caused global warming is happening," only 11% selected a value
between 91% and 100% -- the correct range, as repeated independent
studies have demonstrated. The mean of the values selected by the
respondents was 67%; the median was 71%.

The study was conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change
Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate
Change Communication. The surveys were administered in a web-based
environment from March 18 to March 31, 2016, using an on-line research
panel of 1204 American adults.

According to the report, the sample "includes a representative
cross-section of American adults -- irrespective of whether they have
Internet access, use only a cell phone, etc. Key demographic variables
were weighted, post survey, to match US Census Bureau norms." The
margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3% at the 95% confidence
level.

For Climate Change in the American Mind: March 2016 (PDF), visit:
http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Climate-Change-American-Mind-March-2016-FINAL.pdf 

And for NCSE's collection of polls and surveys on climate change, visit:
https://ncse.com/library-resource/polls-climate-change 

WHAT'S NEW FROM THE SCIENCE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Josh Rosenau describing a creationist's misadventures in
fundamentalist academia:
http://ncse.com/blog/2016/06/dembski-scandal-evangelical-mind-0018286 

* Stephanie Keep discussing new details in a classic evolutionary example:
http://ncse.com/blog/2016/06/new-details-emerge-classic-evolutionary-tale-part-i-0018287 
http://ncse.com/blog/2016/06/new-details-emerge-classic-evolutionary-tale-part-2-0018294 

* Glenn Branch exposing a creationist misuse of a quotation from Leslie Orgel:
http://ncse.com/blog/2016/07/misrepresenting-orgel-0017100 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, visit:
http://ncse.com/blog 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website --
http://ncse.com -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.

--
Sincerely,

Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
510-601-7203
fax 510-788-7971
branch@ncse.com 
http://ncse.com 

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