Many people in North America will today look out their
windows and see snow - lots and lots of snow. The plunging
temperatures have led some, like climate sceptic business tycoon
Donald Trump and handful of Republican politicians, to
question whether or not "global warming" is real.
Such showboating is nothing new. But is the public's view of
climate change swayed by what the weather is doing? New research
looking at responses to an exceptionally cold winter in the UK
suggests maybe not.
new paper in the journal Climatic Change suggests that
after a particularly cold snap, three times as many people - in the
UK, at least - see the cold weather as pointing towards the reality
of climate change, rather than a reason to doubt it.
People understand it gets cold sometimes
A number of studies have
suggested there's a
link between peoples' belief in climate change and
own experiences of local temperatures.
The theory goes that when working out whether or not climate
change is a real phenomenon, people tend to trust "the evidence of
their own eyes" above scientific research.