America thinks

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

-- When it comes to climate change and the teaching of evolution there is a large gap between what scientists think and the views of ordinary Americans, a new survey has found.

Almost all scientists surveyed accept that human beings evolved by natural processes and that human activity, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels, is causing global warming but the general public is far less sure. A third of the Americans surveyed said human beings have existed in their current form since the beginning of time and only half of the respondents agreed that people are behind climate change. Eleven per cent do not believe there is any warming at all.

The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People in Washington involved about 2,000 members of the public and 2,500 scientists drawn from the rolls of the science advancement association, which includes teachers, administrators and researchers.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.