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Ice cracks from the wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier located at Los Glaciares National Park, southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, on March 10, 2016. With 250 km2 ice formation, and 30 km in length, the Perito Moreno is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes mountain range. AFP PHOTO / WALTER DIAZ / AFP / Walter Diaz (Photo credit should read WALTER DIAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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.'”

Read and listen to the live interview with Professor Nisbet at Marketplace →