A recent study by social scientists has revealed that peoples attitudes towards human caused global warming depends on the weather. The scientists surveyed groups on unusually colder or hotter days and discovered that these days lead to a greater belief in anthropological global warming.
On average temperature days the groups are more likely to be ambivalent about climate change.
The study results suggest that because global warming and climate are complex and long-term trends, people may be more likely to grasp onto a simpler, more easily accessible explanation — the weather.
“Global warming is so complex, it appears some people are ready to be persuaded by whether their own day is warmer or cooler than usual, rather than think about whether the entire world is becoming warmer or cooler,” Ye Li, a postdoctoral researcher at the Columbia Business School’s Center for Decision Sciences, said in a statement. “It is striking that society has spent so much money, time and effort educating people about this issue, yet people are still so easily influenced.”
Li, the study’s lead researcher, added that this would be analogous to a person looking in his or her wallet to make a call on how well the economy is doing.
Source: Live Science