GISS temperature 2000-09

There is compelling and accessible scientific evidence that climate change is happening, but that doesn’t mean that a greater percentage of the public accepts it.

Above: The map shows the 10-year average (2000–2009) global mean temperature anomaly relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The largest temperature increases are in the Arctic and the Antarctic Peninsula.  Source: NASA Earth Observatory

Despite the fact that 97% of scientists believe in climate change and 95% of scientists believe that humans are the cause, public opinion has changed very little over the past few decades. This is increasingly dangerous because preventing further damage from climate change will require collective action, that is, something that we will all have to agree to.