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We co-authored an original article using our research on public opinion about fracking, published in the journal Energy Policy.
- We conducted a survey of Americans' views on hydraulic fracturing in September 2012
- A majority of Americans have heard little or nothing about hydraulic fracturing.
- Many Americans do not know if they support/oppose it or are undecided.
- Those who have made a decision are evenly split between support and opposition.
- Predictors of support include education, media use and top of mind associations.
- Most people in Columbus, Ohio, (70%) believe global warming is happening, while only 18% believe it is not.
- About half (49%) believe that if global warming is happening, it is caused mostly by human activities.
- Of those who believe global warming is happening, two in three believe it is currently having a large or moderate influence on the severity of heat waves (66%) in Columbus, and half believe it is influencing droughts (51%) and flooding of rivers or lakes (50%).
- Further, of those in Columbus who believe climate change is happening, large majorities expect to see a myriad of negative effects from it over the next 50 years. About nine in ten anticipate more heat waves (91%), worse storms (88%), or increased allergies, asthma, infectious diseases, or other health problems (88%). At least eight in ten believe the area will experience declining numbers of fish and native wildlife (84%), increased droughts and water shortages (84%), or more power outages (81%).
- More than half of people in Columbus say that more should be done about global warming at all levels of government—from Congress (61%) and President Obama (57%), to state legislators (57%) and Governor Kasich (56%), to local government officials (57%). However, even larger numbers in Columbus believe that corporations and industry (68%) or citizens themselves (66%) should be doing more to address climate change.
- However, most people in Columbus see global warming as a relatively distant threat. While 70% believe global warming will harm future generations of people and plant and animal species, only 31% believe it will harm them personally.
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The First Day: October 12 （Saturday）
8:30 – 9:30 开幕式 Opening Ceremony
Host: Ms. Binbin WANG, Executive Director of China Center for Climate Change Communication/ Manager of Climate Change Team of Oxfam Hong Kong
Prof. Baowei ZHENG, Director of Research Center for Journalism and Social Development, Renmin University/Director of China Center for Climate Change Communication
Dr. Yulu CHEN, President of Renmin University/ Lead of China4C Advisory Committee
Mr. Qizheng ZHAO, President of School of Journalism, Renmin University / Lead of China4C Advisory Committee
Mr. Zhenhua XIE, Deputy Director of National Development and Reform Commission / Lead of China4C Advisory Committee
• 潘岳 中国国家环境保护部副部长
Mr. Yue PAN, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, PRC
• 安东尼· 莱斯维茨，耶鲁大学气候传播项目主任、中国气候传播项目中心顾问委员会委员
Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of Yale Project on Climate Change Communication/ Member of China4C Advisory Committee
Dr. Xuebing SUN, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam Hong Kong/ Member of China4C Advisory Committee
- The overwhelming majority of San Franciscans (87%) believes global warming is happening, while only 5% believe it is not happening.
- Two in three (67%) believe that if global warming is happening, it is mostly due to human activities. Moreover, seven in ten (69%) understand there is widespread agreement among scientists that climate change is happening.
- Of those San Franciscans who believe global warming is happening, most expect a myriad of negative effects over the next 50 years. Nine in ten anticipate more droughts and water shortages (91%), heat waves (89%), or declining numbers of fish and native wildlife (89%). Two in three (66%) expect that parts of the city will have to be abandoned in the next 50 years due to sea level rise.
- Majorities also say that more should be done about global warming at all levels of government—from Congress (69%) and President Obama (63%), to California state legislators (66%) and Governor Brown (62%), to local government officials (63%). However, even larger numbers of San Franciscans believe that citizens themselves (77%) and corporations and industry (75%) should be doing more to address climate change.
- Many San Franciscans say that a transition to cleaner energy would be good for the local economy, with six in ten (58%) saying that switching from fossil fuels to clean energy sources would increase local economic growth and the number of jobs.
Find out how Americans think about and value climate change in the 21st century.