Scientist Are Sure July 3, 2011 : 5:21 PM

NPR ran a fascinating story about how the public is unaware of the scientific consensus around the climate crisis:

“The American public is less likely to believe in global warming than it was just five years ago. Yet, paradoxically, scientists are more confident than everthat climate change is real and caused largely by human activities.”

“Something a bit strange is happening with public opinion and climate change.

Anthony Leiserowitz, who directs the Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication, delved into this in a recent poll. He not only asked citizens what they thought of climate change, he also asked them to estimate how climate scientists feel about global warming.”

"Only13 percent of Americans got the correct answer, which is that in fact about 97 percent of American scientists say that climate change is happening, and about a third of Americans just simply say they don't know," he said.

“Most Americans are unaware that the National Academy of Sciences, known for its cautious and even-handed reviews of the state of science, is firmly on board with climate change. It has been for years.”

Source: NPR