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The more we have to defend our choice to others, the more certain we become that we are right. So what can we do about it?
A stack of Southern Weekly newspapers (left) are displayed at a newsstand in Beijing,
The Chinese government has an interest in presenting a positive narrative about Africa to its citizens. But the new commercial media is challenging this by prioritising sensational stories.
Over three-quarters of Australians now accept climate change is happening, according to a new survey from the Climate Institute.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has not dropped below 80 percent since March 2014. Russians overwhelmingly support their president's aggression in Georgia and Crimea. Here's why.
The public appetite for climate policy is bigger now than when Julia Gillard’s government passed the carbon tax in 2011.
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Climate has been something of a sleeper issue in this election. But a new survey suggests voters are keener for action now then they were when the carbon tax was making its way through parliament.
Hurricane Sandy was a turning point on views about climate change, but the effect doesn’t trump political views.
Despite what some climate advocates think, extreme weather events do little to sway Americans' political views on climate change.
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We often get the facts wrong, but how we feel about austerity has serious consequences for the political class.
People in the West seem to have a bleak vision of the prospects for our way of life and even for the survival of humanity.
People rate the risks of global threats to humanity surprisingly high. We need to understand the impacts of a loss of faith in notions of material progress and scientific and technological fixes.
Gene editing has many potential applications that are not discussed enough.
Despite predictions, the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique didn't win the Nobel Prize. But with the technology nevertheless taking off, it is time we start having an informed public debate about it.
Citizens’ juries are one mechanism to draw on informed public opinion to guide policy.
It is claimed 'tough on crime' policies reflect public opinion, but a properly informed public, via models such as citizens' juries, is likely to arrive at different views on prison and its alternatives.
From the UK, to Canada, Australia and the states – our opinions about the military are usually wrong.
Stuck in transit: The Keystone Pipeline proposal has become a symbol for politicians and environmentalists.
Public opinion poll on Keystone pipeline shows more people are concerned with local issues – including the impact of spills on environment and aquifers – than with global warming.
Presidential debates around climate change will likely be a referendum on EPA proposals to lower carbon emissions from power plants.
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The American public appear to be of two minds on climate change in politics: supportive of policy action but unconvinced climate change is an urgent priority.
UKIP demands a referendum, the Conservatives promise one — but what does the public think?
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Surprise! Almost everyone supports gay marriage (even UKIP voters).
Average Americans don’t view science issues the same way scientists do.
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A new set of surveys of scientists and the public finds the two groups have widely different views about scientific issues. Conducted by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association…
Is anyone listening, and does it matter?
Humans have so much influence over the global environment today that we have crossed a major threshold in Earth’s long history, entering a new stage in geological time which some scientists call the Anthropocene…
Just add water.
There is nothing more likely to raise the hackles of any self-respecting rationalist than to be confronted with the latest celebrity story about the miraculous healing power of homeopathy or some other…