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Yale Study Concludes Public Apathy Over Climate Change Unrelated to Science Literacy
May 29, 2012
Are members of the public divided about climate change because they don't understand the science behind it? If Americans knew more basic science and were more proficient in technical reasoning, would public consensus match scientific consensus? A study published today online in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that the answer to both questions is no.
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