More Americans are beginning to accept that climate change is real and poses a serious threat to the population and the planet.

According to a survey conducted by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College, 70 percent of Americans believe the science regarding global warming. The number has been increasing since 2008. More notably, acceptance of climate science has increased among Republican voters and evangelicals.

Many of the respondents held a “strong recognition of recent weather patterns” with a focus on warmer local temperatures and severe droughts. The new acceptance is also a response to Pope Francis’ pro-environmental message, as he reaches Catholics. New acceptance of climate change science has resulted in a higher acceptance of solar power, which has a 90 percent approval rating.

The Republican anti-climate narrative is holding less sway over the American public. Nearly all of the conservative climate denial comes from GOP politicians who are trying to protect the fossil fuel industry.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced