Yale Climate Opinion Maps - U.S. 2016

This visualization focuses on public acceptance of climate science. The set of interactive maps illustrates public opinion on a variety of climate beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support. The data is from the Yale Project on Climate Communication.

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Peter Howe
Matto Mildenberger
Jennifer Marlon
Anthony Leiserowitz
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator will need to develop guiding questions to give context to the data on the maps.

While this tool is not a stand-alone activity, a few minutes of engaging with the maps is likely to elicit observations and questions. In particular, it can be useful to examine regional differences in attitudes about climate change. Students could also design their own questions and answers after exploring the maps.

It may be helpful to demonstrate the visualization for students to illustrate the many ways to display and interpret data.

Article on Consensus in Skeptical Science is a good resource [link http://www.skepticalscience.com].