Religion and race shape views on whether climate change is caused by human activities — with less than a third of white evangelicals saying it’s driven by people, according to a new survey.

Why it matters: There’s virtually no debate among scientists over what is causing climate change.

  • Persistent divisions on climate change’s causes threaten to make political consensus on action impossible to reach.

The big picture: Nearly everyone in the U.S. experienced hotter temperatures driven by human-caused climate change this summer, according to a new Climate Central analysis.

Zoom in: Three-fourths of Hispanic Catholics and all religiously unaffiliated Americans (76%) believe climate change is caused by human activity, a survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found.

  • But less than half of Latter-day Saints believe climate change is caused by human activity (48%), and just three in 10 white evangelical Protestants (31%) believe so.
  • A slim majority of white Catholics (56%) and white mainline/non-evangelical Protestants (54%) say climate change is human-caused.
  • Meanwhile, most Americans (61%) believe climate change is caused mainly by human activity such […]
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