A large supermajority of the American public thinks that the rising temperatures felt across the nation in recent years are a serious problem that demands action soon, The Associated Press reported Friday.
An AP-GfK poll found that a record high 78 percent of Americans, nearly 4 in 5, are worried about climate change now that so many have experienced the results for themselves. By party, the poll found that 83 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans accept that climate change is happening. The survey didn’t ask whether respondents think that the shift in climate is man-made, but it did notice that the biggest shift has occurred among people who say they don’t trust scientific analysis.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that about 80 million Americans experienced higher-than-average temperatures during the summer months, and 2012 is about to go down in the history books as the hottest year on record.
Meanwhile, as the climate talks in Doha come to a close with no new emissions deals, it’s not clear what if anything world leaders are going to do before the next major round of talks in 2015. Doha, however, was not a complete failure by some accounts. Delegates managed to secure some structural changes to how emissions will be measured and enforced, along with a renewal of the Kyoto Protocol, which commits certain wealthy nations to reducing their emissions.
President Obama, though he commented during his re-election acceptance speech that America will do something about climate change, has not put forward any specific proposals yet. He told reporters in November that he plans to use his second term to engage in “a wide-ranging conversation with scientists, engineers and elected officials to find out what more can we do to make short-term progress in reducing carbons.”
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