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A new study by Yale University researchers pretty much confirms it: Climate science remains a mystery to most Americans.
Confusion reigns. Overall, Yale’s Knowledge of Climate Change report found 63 percent of Americans believe that global warming is happening, but understanding why is another matter. The researchers gave more than half of those who answered their quiz a grade of "F."
While this is just one study, it’s an interesting barometer that shows Americans lack some basic understanding of climate science and share some common misconceptions. That’s a problem because if we don’t understand the causes, we can’t find solutions or be aware of the risks. On the positive side, the Yale study showed that Americans gather information about global warming from informed sources: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, scientists, science programs and the like.
The study made us wonder how Oregon, which likes to flaunt its green roots and green innovation, compares with the rest of the country.
When it comes to an environmental I.Q., are we all that different here?
So, with the permission of Yale, we are reprinting part of the quiz and hope you will take it. Not a scientific study, it will be a gauge of what readers of The Oregonian and OregonLive know -- and how they line up with the rest of America. We’ll take a couple of weeks to process responses before offering the responses next month.
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