According to PPIC’s 13th annual survey on the environment, half of California residents now believe global warming to be a “very serious threat” to the state’s economy and quality of life. Although 11 percent of Californians believe the effects of global warming will never happen, most state residents (63%) say the effects have already begun.
As a result of climate change, cities are expected to grow still warmer in the coming years with “more intense, more frequent and longer lasting” heat waves. With one in five natural hazard deaths in the U.S. caused by extreme heat events, 57 percent of California residents say they are very concerned about more-severe wildfires and 49 percent express concern over more-severe droughts.
Dr. George Benjamin, the executive director for the American Public Health Commission, said in a statement that the effects of climate change have disproportionate adverse health consequences for African Americans and Latinos. Studies of extreme heat have shown racial disparities in heat-related deaths, and Latinos (67%) and blacks (63%) are far more likely than whites (40%) or Asians (38%) to say global warming is a very serious threat.
According to a research paper published by Environmental Health Perspectives, urban tree canopy is an important local mitigating factor for extreme heat; its benefits, including reduced air and noise pollution, have been associated with reduced mortality. Research indicates that disparities in urban tree canopy are “usually in the direction of racial/ethnic minorities living in neighborhoods with lower tree coverage.”
Additionally, impervious surfaces such as asphalt and concrete, which play a strong role in creating urban heat islands, are more likely to be found in areas with a low socioeconomic status and a high proportion of minority residents.
While Latinos (41%) and blacks (40%) are much more likely to express the view that air pollution is a big problem in the region where they live, the majority of Californians agree that air pollution is either a big problem (28%) or somewhat of a problem (34%). 65 percent of Californians now agree that the government should act right away to cut emissions by passing regulations and spending money on efforts to reduce global warming.
The PPIC survey found majority support for policies being proposed and enacted at both the state and federal levels to address global warming; 53 percent of adults say that government is still not doing enough.
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most people want cheap energy, there in lies the problem. If gas went down tomorrow under $3 a gallon, how many people do you think would be complaining about carbon emissions?
And those same people keep voting for those who have bankrupted the state and made it one of the worst places to live and do business. So I must question their ability to accurately analyze and think critically on other issues too.
I agree with Wes, as individuals we seem to ignore early warnings & need to educate ourselves on global climate ,wish Congress would pick up the ball & get a national plan with due dates.
India, China, Russia still pump TONs of coal into the Air, we could stop ALL use and it wouldn't matter, till EVERYONE does
Of course they do. They are all crazy...trust me I live here! The elect they same idiots year after year and expect it to get better.
To all the deniers of our possible contributions to climate change, please, follow the money to the origins of the message. This isn't a popularity contest, it's destructive capitalism funded by the elite wealthy to say you in order to keep damaging the planet and treating everything on this earth as their own commodity to with as they please. It's a sick game and it'd be nice to think they couldn't get away with it, but they will if you side with them.
Where I live, summer heat is extreme. On days when temps reach 115 - 120 degrees, one can drive by a park or a golf course where the temperature drops are physically noticeable due to the canopy and grass. I've never measured them, but a guess would be an easy 15 degree or better drop in ambient temperature.
"Benjamin also cited the link between income status and health, mentioning a 1995 Chicago heat wave that left 600 people dead. Many of the dead were low-income African-American elderly, some of whom did not turn on their air conditioning for fear of being unable to pay a higher bill. Today, Benjamin said 22 percent of Latinos live below the poverty level. Four percent don’t have health insurance, making them and other low-income Americans less able to financially deal with the effects of toxic ecologies that can lead to 'tragedy happening in our urban settings.'"
Climate change is happening now. Just ask 97% of the top climate scientists and every major National Academy of Science in the world. http://clmtr.lt/cb/vR10bIV
I hadn't thought about the heat's exponential impact on urban areas. If nothing but asphalt, buildings, and houses are in the area, I'm sure it'll be a lot worse than the grassy tree-ful suburbs.
Wow, there is a lot of NIMBY going on here. The US has only 5% of the world's population yet we consume 20% of the world's energy. We have set the "standard" for living to which the emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil are aspiring. To all the people who are claiming we should do nothing because of other more populace nations, I would say: perhaps you should be the change you want to see or the change you want to be emulated. I agree that the evidence has weak points, but to think that any living thing (translation: the human species or even the society of the US, etc) can continue to expand, grow and consume greater and greater resources without killing their host is just blatantly stupid. In this area science can inform how we proceed forward.
Industrialized society is not possible without hydrocarbons, or fossil fuels. Unless people are willing to live like the Amish, there is no way they can reduce carbon emissions. On the other hand, if they do not, entire coastal areas will be buried under water, we will see even worse weather patterns with more hurricanes, droughts, floods, brush fires, wind storms, and tornadoes. If melting glacial water shuts down the Gulf Stream, a shortened growing season. Europe will develop a climate like Alaska, with brutal winters and short, mild summers...roughly translated, billions of people will starve
Less because if China isn't making any changes and continues to pollute our efforts will not matter. Also look how horrible the "green jobs" initiative went where they spend half a billion dollars and few jobs were created.
oof. scary stuff. City planning was always one of those things I appreciated but never studied; I too never thought about the reflective powers of asphalt islands and what it might be doing to its residents because the planners didn't plant any trees or use different construction materials...why the hell don't we have a treeplanting community service group instead of just a trash crew?
The disparity between percentages of people who see climate change as a real threat and scientists who do shows the effect that turning this into a political game has had.
Yeah, I think it is something many people don't consider. I certainly hadn't thought about it either.
California can't go it alone. We just end up injuring ourselves being the first to do these types of things. As for human caused climate change being true or not, it wouldn't hurt us earthlings to error on the side of caution...
Its not climate change its over population to much asphalt to many houses to many cars taking away open space killing tree and wildlife its your own fault
When these people give up their energy squandering, carbon producing air conditioning I may actually listen.
The Gooberment needs to stop spraying chemicals in the air. They want to alter the weather and depopulate civilization..look up Agenda 21..You will understand what I am talking about.
"According to PPIC’s 13th annual survey on the environment, half of California residents now believe global warming to be a “very serious threat” to the state’s economy and quality of life."
Very serious threat? Morons. Those heat-related deaths have far more to do with individual choices in housing, clothing, activity, etc. The threats to the state's economy are driving away businesses, driving away productive taxpayers, shutting businesses down, raising taxes, government overspending, corrupt lobbying by unions and corporations, etc. It has nothing to do with the summer being a degree or less hotter than it was ten years earlier.
And trying to stop GLOBAL warming, by local action alone, when India and China can pollute as much as they want? By strangling the local economy to reduce emissions after they were already demonstrably low?
Of course, those who really pay attention already know that the Global Warming/Climate Change paradigm is a colossal scam, not just because it takes massive scientific fraud to maintain it (e.g. see Dr. Robinson's presentation, or Lord Monckton's, etc.), but because almost all the proposed solutions have to do with more money, power, and control over people, rather than actually changing behavior in a substantive way (e.g. see Europe's numbers on this). It's the ultimate excuse for totalitarians.
It is true that climate change has been happening for all of earth's history. Scientists are now able to filter out which factors (volcanic activity, solar energy, human carbon dioxide emissions, etc.) are affecting the climate. They are called 'forcings', and it turns out that human activity is the biggest factor driving change now. Climate change is happening now and it is due to us. 97% of the top climate scientists and every major National Academy of Science in the world agree. http://clmtr.lt/cb/vR10bIY
What are you talking about? The funding is definitely on the side of environmental destruction operatives. The Koch Brothers, oil industry, plastics, etc. all have the money. What planet do you live on anyway?
Climate change has been happening since the beginning of time. How much climate change is due to humans remains to be seen. We have only really been studying it for a short time. Forest fires and volcanic eruptions are not factor into the data.