Climate change has been in debate for years in science and politics. A new paper published on climate change science argues that significant impacts from global warming could come much sooner than expected. The problem outlined in this new paper — people struggle to understand the long-term risks and how to prioritize fixing it. Communications Studies professor Matthew Lisbet was interviewed by public radio’s Marketplace discussing this issue.
“People not only discount a possible future risk, but also tend to have an optimistic bias,in that ‘these risks might affect other people but they’re not going to affect me.'”