Climate change beliefs and adaptation attitudes: lessons from the more-or-less real world

December 1, 2016

Speaker: Stuart Carlton, Texas Sea Grant

After 30+ years of debate, climate change remains a public controversy. Indeed, around half of US citizens don’t believe in anthropogenic climate change despite the consensus among climate scientists. Why is this happening? Why don’t people believe in, or respond to, climate change? What can scientists and outreach personnel do to better communicate the urgency of climate change? Can we blame the media? Please? In this seminar, Dr. Stuart  Carlton will review a handful of climate change studies that he’s done throughout the U.S. and discuss (1) what they teach us about people’s conception of climate change and (2) the ramifications of these studies for climate change adaptation and communication.

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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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