According to The Guardian, the U.S. has one of the highest percentages of climate science deniers when compared to 23 other rich countries in a survey conducted by YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project.
In the survey, 13% of Americans agreed with the statement that although the climate is changing, “human activity is not responsible at all.” An additional 5% of Americans said climate was not changing at all.
Americans were more likely than any other western country in the poll to say that they didn’t know if climate was changing or people were responsible. 13% of Americans poll said this. Globally, only Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have higher percentages of climate deniers than the U.S.
Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say that human activity was at least partially responsible for climate change and another third of Americans say that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change.
The consensus among scientists is that humans are causing climate change with rising greenhouse gas emissions. In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that continued global warming would have significant consequences, and said humans had only 12 years to turn the situation around.
Earlier this week, a UN global assessment report revealed that a million species are at risk from human actions that have accelerated climate change. Still, climate change deniers exist.
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