False statements about climate change trip people up

This Nature article discusses how false statements about climate change trip people up. Respondents in survey couldn’t always tell climate facts from falsehoods — even when they were sure they were right. The study can be found here. The authors/reference is Fischer, H., Amelung, D. & Said, N. Nature Clim. Change.

A study in Germany suggests that people have reasonably good grasp of the science surrounding climate change, but occasionally overestimate their understanding1.

Psychologists presented 509 volunteers with 8 scientific statements about the causes and consequences of climate change, and asked them whether the claims were true or false. Participants were then asked to indicate how certain they were that their answer was correct, according to established science, on a scale ranging from guessing (50%) to certainty (100%).

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