How to Convince a Conservative That Climate Change Is Real – Pacific Standard

Researchers found that conservatives were significantly more likely to express acceptance of climate science if they had first established their belief in science in general. (Photo: Hans Reniers/Unsplash)

More Americans are taking climate change seriously. A new report by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reveals that 8 percent of participants in three separate surveys said they had changed their mind on the topic over the previous year—and of those, 84 percent said their level of concern had increased.

While this shift cut across party lines, many conservatives remain resistantto acknowledge the reality of the phenomenon, and its potentially catastrophic consequences. A 2017 study found one way to break through this denial is by emphasizing the near-unanimity among climate scientists on the issue, a rhetorical strategy that leverages human beings’ innate motivation to conform.

new study offers another promising approach, which takes advantage of our desire for internal consistency. It finds that “conservative participants who first acknowledge several general contributions of science subsequently report significantly stronger beliefs in climate science.”

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POWER OUTAGES: Strong winds knock out power, take down trees across area | WPXI

Strong winds have knocked down trees and caused power outages across the area Wednesday.

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Another tree fell in Pittsburgh’s Banksville neighborhood, this time landing on a car on Kirsopp Avenue. No one was in the car at the time.

The winds even ripped a sign off the Bruegger’s Bagels on South Aiken Avenue in Shadyside.

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A few customers were inside, according to the local postmaster, who was also in the building. No injuries were reported.

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PEOPLES ROAD CLOSED: Road in North Hills reopens after icy conditions, multiple crashes

Peoples Road has reopened.

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WEATHER: Winter weather advisory issued; schools close | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Pittsburgh region, with up to 3 inches of snow expected through Friday morning.

The advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Friday for Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties, as well as areas south into West Virginia. South of Interstate 70 could see 4 to 6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

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Pittsburgh police were closing several streets citywide due to icy road conditions causing vehicles to slip and slide.

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University of Iowa student dies during polar vortex; 7 other deaths linked to wintry blast

A University of Iowa student has died after being found unresponsive on campus grounds early Wednesday as a polar vortex  gripped the Midwest in arctic temperatures that have been linked to at least seven other deaths.

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How to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold

Record cold temperatures are hitting much of the US this week. In some places, it’s possible you’ll experience weather that’s colder than you’ve seen in your lifetime. Here’s what to know when the chill hits.

Dress Warm

Okay, you knew that. But in case you haven’t had to really bundle up in a while, don’t forget that:

  • Many thinner layers can be just as good as a single really warm one. Maybe you don’t have a warm enough coat, but you could put on a shirt, a sweater, a hoodie, and then your jacket. Wear tights or leggings under your pants.
  • Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • One of your outer layers should be windproof. A thin rain jacket plus a bunch of sweaters may work better than a single warmish coat that’s not windproof.
  • Cover as much exposed skin as possible when you go outside. Consider a balaclava or scarf for your face.
  • A hat really helps, even indoors.

Watch the Wind Chill

Temperature isn’t everything. If you’re concerned about frostbite, the wind chill takes temperature and wind speed into account for a more accurate picture of how cold the winter air will feel on your skin.

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