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Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China has taken a big step towards reducing its hydrochlorfluorocarbons by closi...

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 ...

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Various countries in the South Asian region are looking at significant losses du...

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

The World Bank Group has inked two agreements for around $40 million in financin...

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Technology

Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Monday, 29 September 2014

A small modification to the contents of cement mix could lower the carbon emissions of the construction sector and result in stronger, more durable co...

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Politics

I.D.B., E.U., Spain to support renewable and efficient energy in the Caribbean

I.D.B., E.U., Spain to support renewable and efficient energy in the Caribbean

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, and the Kingdom of Spain have inked a joint declaration that reaffirms their collaboration in...

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Living Green

Easy steps towards greener living

Easy steps towards greener living

Thursday, 02 October 2014

The health of the environment is under threat. Over-population, pollution and the gradual decline of natural resources along with other factors has no...

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Renewables

An overview of PV module manufacturing

An overview of PV module manufacturing

Thursday, 02 October 2014

PV module manufacturing is undertaken through rigorous processes of construction and testing with top-notch PV module manufacturers in India ensuring ...

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Low-Carbon

World’s first large-scale power station with C.C.S. commissioned in Canada

World’s first large-scale power station with C.C.S. commissioned in Canada

Thursday, 02 October 2014

The world’s first large-scale power station equipped with carbon capture storage, the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage project, bega...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Climate skepticism rises as economies fall – UConn study

As people start to feel the burden of an economic crunch, they're more likely to become skeptical of climate change.

According to Lyle Scruggs, an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, the recent Great Recession has resulted in an American public that is skeptical about climate change, a shift in opinion related to concerns over the economy.

"Many people believe that part of the solution to climate change is suppression of economic activity," pointed out Mr. Scruggs. When confronted with a desire to boost the economy, he continues, people seem to convince themselves that climate change might not be happening.

Mr. Scruggs and University of Connecticut political science graduate student Salil Benegal studied information drawn from a number of national and international public opinion surveys dating to the late 1980's to draw a correlation between people's economic worries and their belief in climate change.

They found significant drops in public climate change beliefs in the late 2000's.

One study cited was a 2008 Gallup poll where between 60 and 65 percent of people agreed with statements of the opinion that global warming is imminent, not exaggerated, and that the theory is agreed upon by scientists.

By 2010, the poll showed that only 50 percent now agreed with the same statements.

The authors found a strong relationship between jobs and people's prioritization of climate change. When unemployment was at 4.5 percent, 60 percent of those surveyed said climate change had already begun happening. When unemployment reached 10 percent, that number dropped to 50 percent.

The researchers speculate that cognitive dissonance, which arises when people experience conflicting thoughts and behaviors, could explain the pattern. As many see economic growth to be in conflict with economic growth, admitting climate change is real but should be ignored in favor of economic growth would lead to an internal philosophical clash.

According to Mr. Scruggs, with the economy bouncing back and the unemployment rate shrinking, it would be possible to see an increase in belief in global warming.



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