Why Americans Aren’t Freaked Out by Climate Change


Polls and surveys show the Americans are not all that concerned about global warming. In fact, the percentage of the population who believes the phenomenon is true has only recently started to increase.

Why is that, you ask? According to a new study featured in the journal Nature, global warming appears like a pleasant deal at the current moment.

Instead of having catastrophic consequences, the raising in temperature is actually making the U.S. weather nicer all-year round. It’s definitely nicer than it was 40 years ago, so it makes sense that so few Americans would demand the federal government to react to climate change.

However, we all know that the trapped greenhouse emissions are actually a big threat to the planet, even though the effects might not be so damaging now.

Ever since winters have warmed 1 degree Fahrenheit a decade, people have been enjoying the milder winters and the not-so-hot summers (increased in temperature with a seventh of a degree a decade).

According to study authors, Patrick Egan from the New York University and Megan Mullin at Duke University, 80 percent of Americans either live or have moved to counties with nicer weather.

Consequently, only a smaller percentage gets to see the bad consequences of global warming. The study’s data is based on seasonal temperature changes since 1974.

But Egan, the senior author of the study, explains the situation rather clearly: “Americans are getting the wrong signal from year-round weather about whether they should be concerned about climate change. They’re getting the good parts and haven’t had to pay the price of the bad part.”

Over the past four decades, Miami and Pittsburg ranked the highest as the places with nicer weather in the U.S. Also up in the top were San Diego and Phoenix, while Cleveland and Detroit were at the bottom.

Even though it might seem that people across the U.S. are enjoying the benefits of climate change, they need to understand that the phenomenon comes with many catastrophic disadvantages in the long run, as well.

Egan and Mullin also believe these temporary benefits are preventing people from taking global warming as seriously as they should.

Some of the worse effects include rising sea levels, glacial melting, more droughts and heat waves, increasing temperatures, stronger hurricanes, irregular precipitation patterns.

Climate change is also associated with floods, droughts, and heavy rainfalls, which in turn will make food and water scarce.
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