Those who know can’t be hyped, or so it seems for global warming.
Increased Knowledge About Global Warming Leads To Apathy, Study Shows
ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2008) — The more you know the less you care — at least that seems to be the case with global warming. A telephone survey of 1,093 Americans by two Texas A&M University political scientists and a former colleague indicates that trend, as explained in their recent article in the peer-reviewed journal Risk Analysis".
More informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming," states the article, titled "Personal Efficacy, the Information Environment, and Attitudes toward Global Warming and Climate Change in the USA." Source:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080327172038.htm
Talktothegreen has been tracking the increased self education taking place about the science of global warming. Those who do become knowledgeable seem more than willing to comment on blogs and in response to media articles.
A British writer, Christopher Brooker, describes the experience of encountering a literate North American audience:
I was … with my co-author Richard North, at the invitation of an enterprising Washington think-tank, the Independent Women’s Forum, to launch our book Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming, Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth.
Speaking to audiences across the country, for up to an hour at a time, we were impressed by how well informed -and sceptical about global warming – were the array of presenters who interviewed us. We told them it would have been unthinkable to have such intelligent conversations on this subject on any BBC programme back in Britain. Source:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/04/20/do2002.xml
This blog is waiting to report that this phenomena has penetrated through to policy makers.