Culture, not understanding, influences views on climate change

May 31st, 2012 | By | Category: General

SYDNEY: Public apathy about climate change is often put down to a lack of scientific understanding – but the opposite could be true, according to new research.

In a paper published in Nature Climate Change this week, researchers from Yale University found that those with the highest degree of scientific literacy were also the most likely to have conflicting views about climate change.

“Climate change conflict reflects the strong psychological pressure that ordinary citizens feel to adopt positions that match [their peers],” said Dan Kahan, paper co-author and Professor of Law and Psychology at Yale University, in Connecticut.

For more on this story, visit: Culture, not understanding, influences views on climate change | COSMOS magazine.

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