Global warming changes weather - Americans

2012-10-10 17:36

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Nearly three-quarters of Americans say global warming influences US weather and made this year's record-hot summer worse, a survey said on Tuesday.

Conducted by Yale and George Mason universities, the survey found 74% of Americans believe that global warming is affecting weather, up 5% points since March 2012, the last time the two organisations asked these questions.

Seventy-three percent of Americans said global warming made the record-high temperatures of summer 2012 worse, and 61% said weather in the United States has been worsening over the past several years, an increase of 9% points since March.

"Extreme weather is clearly having a serious impact on millions of Americans, though the impacts are different in different parts of the country," survey co-investigator Edward Maibach of George Mason University said in a statement.

The survey found most Midwesterners – 71%, up 21 points since March - said extreme weather caused more harm to crops over the past few decades. Eighty-three percent said they personally experienced an extreme heat wave, while 81% said they had experienced drought in the past year. That was an increase of 55 percentage points from March.

A smaller majority of Southerners – 56% - said the weather in their localities has been getting worse over the past few years. Only 40% of those in the Northeast said drought has become more common. In the West, 49% said extreme weather is causing more forest fires, up seven points since March.

Drought and the Midwest

The dramatic change in attitudes in the Midwest is in line with this year's weather events throughout the central part of the country, where extraordinary summer heat accompanied drought that was the worst in more than half a century.

This year had the hottest first half for the continental United States since record-keeping began in 1895, and July 2012 was the hottest month since the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

The survey was conducted from 31 August through 12 September, with summer heat and drought fresh in respondents' minds, said Yale's Anthony Leiserowitz, a principal investigator on the project. He acknowledged that a cool autumn and snowy winter might have an impact on future responses.

NOAA data released on Tuesday show that September was warmer than the long-term average in the continental United States, but not extraordinarily so, tying with 1980 for the 23rd warmest September on record.

"We do know that some people will change their views on an issue, on climate change, depending on whether they've just experienced a hot day or a cold day - but I want to underscore that it's just some people," Leiserowitz said in a telephone interview.

Given record-breaking weather over the last two years, he said, some respondents have started "connecting the dots" between extreme events and global warming.

The complete survey report is online.

The study was funded by the Surdna Foundation, the 11th Hour Project and the Grantham Foundation.

Read more on:    us  |  weather  |  climate change
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.