In what sense does the public need to understand global climate change?

  title={In what sense does the public need to understand global climate change?},
  author={Richard J. Bord and Robert E. O'connor and Ann Fisher},
  journal={Public Understanding of Science},
  pages={205 - 218}
In a survey of 1,218 Americans, the key determinant of behavioral intentions to address global warming is a correct understanding of the causes of global warming. Knowing what causes climate change, and what does not, is the most powerful predictor of both stated intentions to take voluntary actions and to vote on hypothetical referenda to enact new government policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Identifying bogus causes (e.g., insecticides) correlates with the belief that the globe… 

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