The recently released study on the level of disagreement versus agreement with climate science is widely interpreted in the mainstream press as a question of believing in climate science or not. They make a point that the countries with the highest levels of distrust or doubt in climate science are all the English speaking countries with US, AU, UK having the highest proportions of doubters.
What the journalists appear to miss it that climate science like all other scientific disciplines is not a belief system. They should not be saying that people believe in climate science. It’s categorically not true. You do not believe in the scientific research any more than you believe in the taste of an apple. It’s a matter of comprehension. Either you read and understand the research and data or you do not. No one asks you to believe that the television works or that we have satellites that allow us to communicate at near the speed of light. No one expects you to believe that we can launch a rocket into orbit or fly a plane from one city to the next.
We are not expected to believe in the climate science. It’s a matter of physics. The build up of the green house gases CO2 and Methane causes additional heat to be trapped in the earths atmosphere. This is basic fundamental physics in action. We can measure the density of the Gasses in the atmosphere over hundreds of thousands of year due to the records stored in the polar gaps. We can measure the atomic weight of the elements to ascertain the origin of the gasses and the quantities of each contributing source.
These items are debatable with data sets and measurements but they are not something that you have to believe or disbelieve. It’s is knowledge that is to be comprehended/ tested and quantified. That there are large numbers of people who are unable to comprehend even the basic physics of climate science is a testament to the failure of the education system in the countries where the proportion is highest.