April 22, 2016

News Quiz: Perspectives on Climate Change

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Wind towers are part of the rural landscape north of Alta, Iowa, in this September 2012 photo. (IowaWatch photo by Robert Maharry)

Wind towers are part of the rural landscape north of Alta, Iowa, in this September 2012 photo. (IowaWatch photo by Robert Maharry)

Scientists revealed that two-thirds of global glacier mass loss within the past two decades has been due to human activity, which is an increase from the estimated one-quarter of glacier mass loss attributed to human activity from 1851 to 2010.

Forty-six percent of U.S. adults agree that climate change is due to human activity, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Twenty-two percent of adults agree it is due to natural patterns and one-quarter believe there is no solid evidence Earth is getting warmer, despite a large consensus in the scientific community.

A recent national survey and an informal state survey conducted by IowaWatch, working with the Cedar Falls High School Tiger Hi-Line, show this conflict also plays out in the classroom.

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