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New study shows public unaware of the consensus on climate change

Source: Journal of Environmental Research Letters Source: Journal of Environmental Research Letters
Source: Journal of Environmental Research Letters Source: Journal of Environmental Research Letters

Research published this week reviewing the results of more than 20 years of scientific investigation showed that although the vast majority of climate scientists agree that human beings are responsible for global warming, the majority of the public falsely believes there is still disagreement among researchers.

The new survey, published in the Journal of Environmental Research Letters, found that 97.1 percent of nearly 4,000 studies into climate change confirmed that human beings were responsible for global warming, and when asked directly, 97.2 percent of the scientists who conducted those surveys said they endorsed the consensus.  

See the study here: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/article

In studies specifically investigating climate change, the authors write the number of papers that reject the consensus "is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research."

Among all papers published concerning climate change, including those that did not specifically research the influence of human beings, less than one percent rejected the consensus, according to the authors.

Yet, the authors said that public opinion polls in the United States show that most people still mistakenly believes the consensus is around 50 percent instead of close to 100 percent.

The authors of the survey explain that despite similar research in the past, "the perception of the US public is that the scientific community still disagrees over the fundamental cause" of global warming.

"There is a significant gap between public perception and reality," wrote the authors.

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