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On Climate Surveys, the People Agree—Mostly [Interactive]


It’s interesting to see how different points can pique the interest of different people looking at the same data set.

My colleague Mark Fischetti (senior editor and partner-in-crime for many of the Graphic Science items in the magazine) was intrigued by bipartisan agreement on questions related to global warming in the survey results shown in this graphic–originally published in the April 2014 issue of Scientific American with the title “On Climate, the People Agree.” I was blown away by the fact that although most people surveyed believe that the world’s temperature has been going up, and many believe we should do something about it, they don’t consider the issue to be “extremely important” to them personally.

Here’s an interactive graphic of the data for you to explore. What piques your interest?

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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