Depolarizing climate science

Global warming has become a hot-button topic, and some analysts think they’re beginning to tease out why

By Janet Raloff, 17:27 PM May 30, 2012

A study out this week attempts to probe why attitudes on climate risks by some segments of the public don’t track the science all that well. Along the way, it basically debunks one simplistic assumption: that climate skeptics, for want of a better term, just don’t understand the data — or perhaps even science.

Quite the contrary: In the new survey, the most science literate skeptics were also those individuals who were most likely to dig in their heels and reject a consensus view on climat...

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