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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/08/05

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Results from not one but two public opinion polls on climate change.

A NEW SURVEY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

According to the latest National Surveys on Energy Environment, a
twice-yearly survey conducted by the University of Michigan and
Muhlenberg College, "Just 15% of Americans say that there is no solid
evidence that the Earth is warming, down from 24% a year ago, and the
lowest in the NSEE's history."

Asked "From what you've read and heard. Is there solid evidence that
the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past
four decades?" 66% of respondents said yes, 15% said no, and 19%
volunteered that they were unsure.

Those who said yes were asked "How confident are you that the average
temperature on earth is increasing?": 71% of respondents were very
confident, 24% were fairly confident, 3% were not too confident, 1%
were not confident at all, and 1% volunteered that they were unsure.

Those who said yes were also asked "Is the earth getting warmer
because of human activity such as burning fossil fuels, or mostly
because of natural patterns in the earth’s environment?": 46% chose
human activity, 16% chose natural patterns, 32% volunteered that it
was a combination, and 6% volunteered that they were unsure.

Those who said no were asked "How confident are you that the average
temperatures on earth are not increasing?": 55% of respondents were
very confident, 29% were fairly confident, 11% were not too confident,
3% were not confident at all, and 3% volunteered that they were
unsure.

There were 768 adult respondents for the survey, contacted via land
line and cell phones between April 5 and April 26, 2016; the margin of
error was +/- 4%. The data were weighted by gender, age, race, income,
and education.

For information about the survey, visit:
http://closup.umich.edu/national-surveys-on-energy-and-environment/nsee-2016-spring.php 

POLLING CLIMATE CHANGE AND GOD

"One in seven Americans think it is definitely (7%) or probably (9%)
true that 'God controls the climate, therefore people can't be causing
global warming," according to a July 26, 2016, note from the Yale
Program on Climate Change Communication. Only half (59%) of the
respondents regarded it as probably not (16%) and definitely not (33%)
true, with 15% not sure and 20% regarding it as not applying to their
beliefs.

Those more likely to agree included evangelical and born-again
Christians (30%), people who believe that Earth was created in six
days, as described in the Bible (26%), Republicans (26%), and people
who do not believe that humans evolved from earlier species (24%).
Those least likely to agree included agnostics and atheists (1%),
Democrats (9%), people who believe humans evolved from earlier species
(9%), and those with a college education (11%).

The data presented derive from a study conducted by the Yale Project
on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center
for Climate Change Communication in a web-based environment from March
18 to March 31, 2016, using an on-line research panel of 1204 American
adults, "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 the note from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, visit:
http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/global-warming-god-end-times/ 

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:

* Stephanie Keep finding a teachable moment in Pokémon GO:
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/08/fine-let-s-talk-pok-mon-0018327 

* Emily Schoerning describing NCSE's first-ever summer camp:
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/07/ncse-runs-camp-part-1-0018318 
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/07/ncse-runs-camp-part-2-0018319 
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/07/ncse-runs-camp-part-3-0018320 
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/07/ncse-runs-camp-part-4-0018321 
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/07/ncse-runs-camp-part-5-0018322 

* Glenn Branch revisiting a pseudomathematical argument against evolution:
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/08/justly-neglected-argument-redivivus-0018265 

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
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