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More Americans understand that Climate Change is happening in 2021
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More Americans understand that Climate Change is happening in 2021

Despite what Fox News wants you to hear, extreme heat, wildfires and extreme weather lead to American public’s concern for climate

Climate change is here, and more Americans understand that.

The majority of Americans – a record high of 76% – understand that climate change is happening. A majority (55%) also believe that it is harming Americans, according to a new survey from Yale University and George Mason University.

With extreme weather, heat, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, the proportions of Americans who understand that global warming is happening grew six percentage points between March and September of 2021. More Americans are concerned about climate change now than at any other time since similar sentiment has been gauged since 2008.

Two-thirds of adults perceive more frequent extreme weather, with 46% saying that their local area has experienced extreme weather in the past year. A large majority of Democratic-leaning Americans say this (85%), compared with Republicans and GOP-leaning independents (44%).

One way to increase climate awareness? Simply talking about it is one way to start making a change. Climate Matters, a collaboration of global news networks discussing climate change, is on track for a record year of climate reporting.


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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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