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Worry about global warming reaches record high in US

Even as the Donald Trump Administration in the US tries to eliminate government programmes and policies to address climate change, a recent national survey by the George Mason University’s Centre for Climate Change Communication finds that the number of Americans “very worried” about global warming has reached a record high (22%) since first measured in 2008. A majority of Americans (63%) say they are “very” or “somewhat” worried about the issue.

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Donald Trump, US president

Likewise, Americans increasingly view global warming as a threat. Since Spring 2015, more Americans think it will harm them personally (50%, +14 points), their own family (54%, +13 points), people in the U.S. (67%, +18 points), people in developing countries (71%, +18 points), and future generations (75%, +12 points).

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Other key findings include:

  • Seven in 10 Americans (71%) think global warming is happening, an increase of 8 percentage points since March 2015. By contrast, only about one in eight Americans (13%) think global warming is not happening. Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber those who think it is not by more than five to one.
  • Nearly two in three Americans (64%) think global warming is affecting weather in the United States, and one in three think weather is being affected “a lot” (33%), an increase of 8 percentage points since May 2017.
  • A majority of Americans think global warming made several extreme events in 2017 worse, including the heat waves in California (55%) and Arizona (51%), hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria (54%), and wildfires in the western US (52%).
  • More than four in 10 Americans (44%) say they have personally experienced the effects of global warming, an increase of 13 percentage points since March 2015.
  • Four in 10 Americans (42%) think people in the United States are being harmed by global warming “right now”, an increase of 10 percentage points since March 2015.
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The report also finds more Americans saying global warming is personally important to them and that they discuss the issue more often with their friends and families.

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