Study finds belief in climate change at a new high

From Carol Thompson of the Morning Call:

The proportion of Americans who believe climate change is real and human-caused is higher than it has been in a decade, according to an annual survey conducted in part by a Muhlenberg College political scientist.

Seventy-three percent of Americans surveyed in the Spring 2018 National Survey on Energy and the Environment believe there is solid scientific evidence of climate change. Sixty percent of the 751 surveyed said they believe humans are at least partially responsible for the rising temperatures.

“One reason is simply the evidence,” said Chris Borick, a Muhlenberg College political scientist who helped launch the survey in 2008. “The evidence of declining polar ice that seems stronger every year. I think Americans are now, on the whole, coming to terms that we’re living in a different climate.”

Andrea Wittchen, co-founder of a Lehigh Valley-based sustainability consulting firm, iSpring, said her corporate customers’ views on environmental sustainability have “shifted dramatically” in the last decade. Now, corporate leaders understand sustainability and climate change, and are more likely to seek her help meeting environmental goals.

“It has become more of a pull situation instead of a push,” she said.

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