GA - Politics Overrule Science in At-Risk Coastal Residents’ Public Attitudes about Climate Change

Despite scientific evidence that rising sea levels due to climate change are a threat to property and lives, science plays second fiddle to politics in public attitudes about climate change and mitigation policies among coastal area residents most likely to be affected, according to urban geographer Risa Palm and political scientist Toby Bolsen of Georgia State University.

“Are these homeowners aware or concerned about their risk? Do they support policies and laws designed to mitigate the pace and extent of climate change that would, in turn, slow sea level rise?” are some questions they ask in their new book, “Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in South Florida: The View of Coastal Residents,” (Springer 2020).

“Their answers are key to our understanding factors that will affect likely changes in individual behavior and public policy.”

The authors surveyed nearly 1,000 residents on South Florida’s east and west coasts using flood zone maps that showed their communities underwater at high tide in the coming years.

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