Climate Change Affects Most Americans, New Survey Finds

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Published on June 21, 2022 - Duration: 01:31s

Climate Change Affects Most Americans, New Survey Finds

Climate Change Affects Most Americans, , New Survey Finds.

The survey was a joint effort conducted by researchers at Harvard, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR.

It found that more than 75 percent of adults living in the U.S. say they have dealt with extreme weather in the past five years.


Facing extreme weather has had a substantial impact on millions of Americans, who have had serious property damage, health, and financial consequences, Dr. Robert J.

Blendon, Harvard T.H.

Chan School of Public Health, via NPR News.

Close to 25 percent of the survey respondents stated that a member of the household experienced serious health issues due to extreme weather.

According to the survey, state efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change are widely supported.

It doesn't surprise me that there's a high level of support for policies to protect against future weather disasters, Dr. John Kotcher, George Mason University, via NPR News.

Nobody wants to have their house flooded.

Nobody wants to have a wildfire encroaching on their home, Dr. John Kotcher, George Mason University, via NPR News.

The survey also reveals that most people link extreme weather with human-caused climate change.

In addition, a high level of financial disruption caused by extreme weather was revealed.

Even for those who have disaster insurance, repair costs can skyrocket.

I don't want to make it seem like we're poor, but, honestly, we do live paycheck to paycheck and it's hard to save up when something like that happens, Jennifer Harris, Hurricane Survivor, via NPR News.

The survey also confirms that climate change and extreme weather events affect marginalized people disproportionately.

For instance, Native and Black Americans suffered financials problems due to extreme weather at rates three and four times that of white Americans, respectively.

Disasters can have the effect of widening existing inequalities, Caroline Ratcliffe, Climate Change Researcher, via NPR News

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