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The psychology of climate change: Why people deny the evidence

The message seems to be clear: Earth’s climate is rapidly changing as a result of human activity. So how is it that some people are still reluctant to acknowledge it?

According to some psychologists, there are a number of reasons, including the prevalence of deceptive or erroneous information about the topic.

“But you’re also getting a lot of misinformation, what we call agnotology — misleading information and false information — from vested interests,” said Michael Ranney, professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Psychology. “And the internet, for decades, has been offering information that is misleading.”

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Wintertime Arctic sea ice growth slows long-term decline: NASA


New NASA research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover.

As temperatures in the Arctic have warmed at double the pace of the rest of the planet, the expanse of frozen seawater that blankets the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas has shrunk and thinned over the past three decades. The end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent has almost halved since the early 1980s. A recent NASA study found that since 1958, the Arctic sea ice cover has lost on average around two-thirds of its thickness and now 70 percent of the sea ice cap is made of seasonal ice, or ice that forms and melts within a single year.

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Feds say no to Ontario’s request for climate cash

The Ontario government’s appeal to Ottawa to re-allocate funding for climate-change initiatives has been denied.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Thursday that Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government would not receive the $420 million in funding it lost when it cancelled the province’s cap-and-trade program last summer, despite introducing new measures to lower carbon emissions. Instead, McKenna said Ottawa would leapfrog the province and give funding to combat climate change directly to communities and organizations in Ontario.

“When it comes to the Low Carbon Economy Fund, we will be working directly with schools, we will be working directly with Ontarians,” McKenna told reporters.

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