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Extreme weather has limited effect on attitudes toward climate policies

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September 7, 2017 Indiana University  read full ScienceDaily article here

People who recently experienced severe weather events such as floods, storms and drought are more likely to support policies to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new study co-authored by an Indiana University researcher. But the relationship between exposure to extreme weather and support for climate policies is small, the study finds. And it fades quickly; a month after an extreme weather event, there was no effect….

…The researchers examined survey responses from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study and correlated them with data from the National Weather Service’s Storm Events Database. They focused on three policies for climate adaptation: restrictions on coastal development, limits on outdoor residential water use and regulation of stormwater runoff from residential property.

All three policies enjoyed considerable support, but respondents who had experienced recent extreme weather expressed only modestly stronger support than other respondents.

Aaron Ray, Llewelyn Hughes, David M. Konisky, Charles Kaylor. Extreme weather exposure and support for climate change adaptation. Global Environmental Change, 2017; 46: 104 DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.07.002

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