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Europeans Badly Underestimate Scientists’ Agreement on Climate Change

A survey of people in six countries found they guessed the level of scientific consensus on climate change to be much lower than it actually is. 

A person sits in front of the exposed bed of the drought-stricken Po River in Calto, Rovigo, Italy, on June 17.

A person sits in front of the exposed bed of the drought-stricken Po River in Calto, Rovigo, Italy, on June 17.

Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

A recent poll found that the public across Europe greatly underestimates the extent to which scientists agree on climate change

Europeans widely misperceive scientists’ views, according to a survey from King’s College London released Wednesday. On average, people estimated that the proportion of scientists who agree that man-made climate change is happening is 68% when in reality, the figure is nearly 100%