The nor'easter bearing down on the East Coast is the second abnormally intense storm to strike the region in less than a year. Perhaps in response to the increased frequency of deadly storms and weather disasters, a Duke University poll found that American belief in climate change has rebounded to its highest level since 2006.
Fifty percent of Americans are convinced of climate change, while another 34 percent believe it is probably changing. Those numbers have been steadily increasing since the low point of the recession, when climate change seems to have been less of a worry than putting food on the table.
Fifty-four percent of Americans believe that human activity is the primary cause of climate change. This issue has been a political pawn used to cast doubt on the responsibility Americans, as some of the world's top polluters, have towards reducing greenhouse gas pollution. However, there has been no geological activity, such as a volcanic eruption, that could explain the steadily increasing atmospheric amounts of carbon dioxide, methane and other heat-trapping gases. Likewise, solar activity hasn't followed a pattern that would explain why global average temperatures have increased steadily over the past century.