Global Warming + Climate Change Survey
The students in the senior elective Atmospheric Science at Marymount School of New York hope to answer this question by conducting the first annual Global Survey on Youth Perspectives on Global Warming and Climate Change. The survey will seek to determine if teenagers believe global warming is naturally induced, human induced, or both, and to uncover what local and global evidence leads teenagers to conclude that the Earth’s average temperature is increasing (or not).
Read the final report here.
Review the preliminary data here.
- Most respondents believe that there is solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been increasing over the past century.
- Most respondents are confident or very confident that the average temperatures on Earth are increasing.
- Approximately one-half of the respondents believe that the increase in the Earth’s temperature is due to both human activity and natural variations.
- Most respondents believe that warmer temperatures in their area are the best evidence that the Earth’s average temperature is increasing.
- Globally, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and warmer temperatures offer the best evidence that the Earth’s average temperature is increasing.
- As most respondents believe that that the Earth’s average temperature is increasing, approximately one-fourth of the respondents are not sure what evidence would suggest that that the Earth’s average temperature is not increasing.
- Most respondents believe there is sufficient evidence to support the hypothesis that the Earth’s average temperature is increasing.
- Most respondents state that scientific research or data, the Internet, and teachers influence personal beliefs on global warming and climate change.
- There is general consensus that the all parties are responsible for addressing the potential effects of global warming and climate change.
- Approximately four out of ten respondents support a carbon tax while one in five respondents do not support a carbon tax.
- Approximately forty-five percent of respondents believe they are educated about global warming and climate change.