By Jessica A. TaggartAugust 18, 2018 6:16amThere’s a lot of talk about what the environment means to people in the United States, and whether the country’s commitment to conservation is paying off.
But how important is the environment in the eyes of some of its citizens?
The answers are, well, murky.
The environment is a nebulous concept.
It can mean everything from the amount of land we’ve plowed to the quantity of species we’ve left behind.
And it can be difficult to define exactly how much the environment contributes to people’s lives, let alone how it affects our lives.
In a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers from the University of Maryland and the University at Buffalo looked at how people’s perceptions of the environment are changing across the country.
In some ways, it’s a good sign.
The study asked Americans to rank the environmental impact of each major factor, from pollution to land use to the size of the economy.
The researchers found that people’s views of the landscape changed significantly between the 1990s and 2016.
They found that for the first time since the 1970s, more people in some states said that the environment was a bigger or more important issue than did people in others.
That’s a big change.
But the researchers also found that Americans’ perceptions of climate change also increased.
The authors note that the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that has yet to adopt a cap-and-trade policy, meaning that greenhouse gas emissions are a significant factor.
They also note that this trend was likely driven by people’s heightened awareness of the climate crisis and the need for more action.
Overall, the results were a mixed bag.
The most significant finding, however, is that people who think of the planet as more important than nature are actually less likely to think that the climate is changing.
This is particularly notable in rural areas where people tend to have more to worry about than those in urban areas.
The researchers note that people are also more likely to agree with statements like “global warming is mostly caused by humans” and “we are all contributing to climate change.”
People who think that humans are mostly responsible for climate change are also much more likely than people who believe humans are responsible to believe that the global economy is changing and that we need to reduce carbon emissions.
“We have some important work ahead to understand the role of environmental issues and the public’s perceptions in their beliefs about the state of the natural world,” they write.
“It’s important that people get the right information and get engaged in the discussion about these important issues.
We need to help make sure we are doing more to ensure that this information is heard, and that people understand the implications of changing views.”