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15% of Americans don’t believe climate change is real, study finds

A recent survey out of Yale University estimated that, as of 2023, 16% of Americans do not believe in climate change.

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15% of Americans don’t believe climate change

WASHINGTON, 16 Feb: Nearly 15% of Americans don’t believe climate change is real, a new study from the University of Michigan reveals.

A recent survey out of Yale University estimated that, as of 2023, 16% of Americans do not believe in climate change.

The results are shocking as scientists are repeatedly urging world leaders to act to mitigate the impact of climate change. The findings are consistent with similar studies previously done on the subject.

15% of Americans don’t believe climate change
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Study

Using artificial intelligence, researchers analyzed over 7.4 million tweets posted by roughly 1.3 million users on X (previously Twitter) between 2017 and 2019.

“The social media posts were geocoded, and classified as “for” or “against” climate change using a large language model, a type of artificial intelligence developed by OpenAI”, the Guardian reported.

“Over half of the tweets we looked at simply denied that climate change was real, that it was a hoax,” said Joshua Newell, co-author of the study and professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan.

“It wasn’t surprising but it was disappointing, I would hope that more and more Americans would believe in climate change and the importance of addressing it.”

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