The changing numbers around climate change


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Climate change is a global problem. According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center in May 2016, only 8 percent of American adults surveyed said that they do not care about the issue of global climate change. About 18 percent of respondents said that they didn’t care too much about the issue, while around 38 percent stated that they cared about global climate change.


Another survey broke down American adults’ belief in climate change based on their education level. The survey took place in December, 2015. Thus, 19 percent of people with some college education said that climate change was not currently occurring. The same answer was given by 17 percent of those who had college graduate education and 27 percent of respondents with a high school education or lower.

About 63 percent of respondents with a high school education or lower stated that climate change was happening. The rate of respondents with some college or college graduate education who shared the same opinion amounted to 73 percent and 77 percent respectively.

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Our next graph examines the public attitude towards the news media’s coverage of climate change in the country (as of May 2016). During the survey, about 20 percent of the surveyed people said that the news media were about right in their reporting on climate change. On the other hand, 35 percent said that the news media generally exaggerate the threat of climate change. The highest percentage (42 percent) of respondents said that the news media don’t take the threat of climate change seriously enough.chart (2)


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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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One thought on “The changing numbers around climate change”

  1. I am a retired automobile designer ( power train, engine +gear). we heat water with solar collectors , in winter we use a heat pump ( in german Waermepumpe 2,6 KW/h ). That means costs are 17% of the former oil costs. 21°C is the temperatur in the house in winter. my neighbours installed a heatpump too. But may be it is too late to save the climate ?? Many politicians are
    like Mr. Trump ……..
    I use the railway to Vienna or Munich, it is double the speed and you do not need to park the car in busy Vienna. Bicycle is healthy and fun. greetings Karl

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