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

Ohio State University researchers gauged responses to climate science versus scepticism and suggest facts bear repeating

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 that is opposed to climate action.

Scientists ran an experiment in the US to find out how people responded to media reporting on the climate and found that people’s views of climate science really were shifted by reading reporting that accurately reflected scientific findings on the climate. They were also more willing to back policies that would tackle the problem.

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