Popular Consensus: Climate Change Is Set to Continue

Stephan Lewandowsky*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Most climate experts agree that human carbon dioxide emissions cause anthropogenic global warming (AGW), reflected in increased global temperatures during every decade since 1970. Nonetheless, some public figures have claimed that AGW stopped in 1998. In a large experiment (N = 200), participants extrapolated global climate data, presented graphically either as share prices or as temperatures. Irrespective of their attitudes toward AGW, and irrespective of presentation format, people judged the trend to be increasing. These results suggest that presentation of climate data can counter claims that AGW has stopped.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-463
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

Structured keywords

  • Memory
  • TeDCog


  • climate change
  • graphical perception
  • judgmental forecasting


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