Truthful climate reporting shifts viewpoints, but only briefly, study finds


People’s views of the climate crisis can be influenced by the media, according to new research. But accurate scientific reporting only has limited impact on people who already have a fixed political viewpoint, particularly if it is opposed to climate action. ...

Thomas Wood, associate professor of political science at Ohio State University, who led the study, said: “It is not the case that the American public does not respond to scientifically informed reporting, when they are exposed to it. But even factually accurate science reporting recedes from people’s frame of reference very quickly.”

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