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Why Isn’t There a Mass Movement for Climate Action in the US?

Deep political polarization is only part of the story, according to two recent national polls. 

Demonstrators march during a climate change rally in Washington on Oct. 15, 2021. 

Demonstrators march during a climate change rally in Washington on Oct. 15, 2021. 

Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

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Soaring temperatures, wildfires, flooding and drought have left the American public less uncertain than ever that manmade climate change is finally upon us. Public opinion polling has for several years documented a dawning but far from complete recognition of what scientists warned about for decades.