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Abstract

With the help of students from Environmental & Natural Resource Economics course (EC 231), a survey was distributed to hundreds of respondents across the nation with the intention to study beliefs about climate change. More than 70 students from EC231 conducted 5-10 surveys while traveling for Spring Break. The questions included in the survey address each respondent’s knowledge of climate change as well as the various influences that may alter ones beliefs as to how they are affected by climate change. This paper investigates all variables and looks for potential patterns in the survey data in the hope of finding significant and meaningful conclusion that can help to explain peoples’ views on climate change. Two interesting results I find are that the exposure to severe weather increases the likelihood that respondents believe in climate change and that respondents believe that climate change will impact the work and the country more than their community or them individually.

 

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