Climate Change or Global Warming…Does the Name Matter?

Scientists and the media have taken to referring to “climate change” and “global warming” almost interchangeably, although the former has become more commonly used over the last few years.

In May, Yale and George Mason University released a report suggesting that the terms produce very different reactions among the public. “Global warming” is more easily understood, gets used more often in conversation and sounds more threatening than “climate change.”

The reaction to each of the phrases varies quite a bit, not only across the political spectrum but also across gender, ethnicity and generation.

So what do you think? Does it matter to you which phrase is used?

global-warming-imageSource: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication in response to this question: “On a scale from -3 (very bad) to +3 (very good), do you think that climate change/global warming is a bad thing or a good thing?