Given the political and economic challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there is growing interest in finding alternative methods of dealing with climate change. In a new paper, Christopher Borick and Barry Rabe look at the American public’s attitude towards using geoengineering solutions as a means to combat global warming. Highlights from their findings include:
- High levels of doubt among U.S. residents about the ability of society to adapt to a hotter climate and deep concerns about the safety and effectiveness of geoengineering options.
- Two out of every three Americans said that they do not agree that we should shift attention away from trying to stop global warming and instead focus on adaptation.
- Most Americans also reject the notion that adaptation to global warming will be relatively easy for humanity to achieve.
- A solid majority of Americans do not believe that scientists will be able to find ways to alter the climate to limit problems caused by global warming.
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[In reaction to Donald Trump Jr's tweet on air pollution and the relationship between pollution and socioeconomic status] It’s been well established that poorer folks and minority communities tend to live in areas that are more polluted. This isn't particularly new. [The tweet] contradicts what we know, and it's based in ignorance.