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Public knowledge and concern about polar-region warming / Lawrence C. Hamilton, Matthew J. Cutler, Andrew Schaefer.

Title: Public knowledge and concern about polar-region warming / Lawrence C. Hamilton, Matthew J. Cutler, Andrew Schaefer.
Author(s): Hamilton, Lawrence C.
Cutler, Matthew J.
Schaefer, Andrew.
Date: 2012.
In: Polar Geography. (2012.), Vol. 35(2) (2012)
Abstract: Examination of data from US General Social Surveys (GSS) in 2006 and 2010 (before and after International Polar Year) shows that while polar knowledge scores showed significant improvement over period, general science literacy scores and opinions remained largely unchanged. Opinion items sought respondents' levels of concern about global warming in polar regions, and whether they favoured opening Antarctica for development or reserving it for science. Findings support two contrasting but not mutually exclusive views about role of information: that more science information generally leads to greater concern about environmental changes, or greater support for science; but also that some informed but strongly ideological respondents acquire information selectively in ways that reinforced their existing beliefs.
Notes:

Polar Geography. Vol. 35(2) :155-168 (2012).

Keywords: 3 -- Social sciences.
308 -- Social surveys.
502 -- Environmental issues.
551.588 -- Climate, effect of man and environment.
329.11 -- Conservatism.
329.12 -- Liberalsm.
IPY2007-08 -- IPY 2007-08.
001.89(100) -- Research programmes, international: International Polar Year 2007-08.
J -- Social sciences.
(*2) -- Polar regions.
(*7) -- Antarctic regions.
SPRI record no.: 199804

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