Have recent extreme weather events in the United States shifted public opinion on climate change? In late summer and fall 2017, disaster headlines were common. Hurricanes caused damage along the Gulf Coast, and brought devastation to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The West experienced severe wildfires, with 2 million acres aflame at one point. Although attributing particular events to climate change is difficult, scientists have noted that such extremes are becoming increasingly frequent as climate warms.
Data Snapshot No. 5
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Hamilton, Lawrence, "Data Snapshot: Public Acceptance of Human-Caused Climate Change Is Gradually Rising" (2017). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 322.
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