Public Perceptions of Climate Change as a Health Risk: Surveys of the United States

Jun 14, 2010 | All Categories, Journal Articles

We used data from nationally representative surveys conducted in the United States, Canada and Malta between 2008 and 2009 to answer three questions: Does the public believe that climate change poses human health risks, and if so, are they seen as current or future risks? Whose health does the public think will be harmed? In what specific ways does the public believe climate change will harm human health? Our results led us to recommend mounting public health communication initiatives that increase the salience of the human health consequences associated with climate change. Download the Report Here.