Please recall, when reading any new scientific assessment of specific climate thresholds and effects, that there is a very solid track record over the past 15 years now, of actual rates of change outstripping the “worst case” scenarios that sober scientists have sketched.
So when this report notes:
"By the end of the century, 88 percent of Americans will be experiencing what they perceive to be worsening weather, the study found. The predicted worsening of America’s weather will likely have ramifications on policy, as “public concern may rise once people’s everyday experiences of climate change effects start to become less pleasant…” "
Readers should amplify the predicted effects, and accelerate the predicted rates of change, and multiply by other effects that are not discussed in this narrow assessment of public reaction to changing temperature.
With temperatures spiraling up over the past three years, at a new accelerating pace far outstripping predicted rates of increase, it verges on disingenuous to write about what “public opinion” will be in 2100, as if society and ecology will be stable except for this annoying discomfort. Multiple key elements of the ecology are changing at unprecedented and accelerating rates.
Massive social and economic disruptions triggered by climate change are already beginning around the world. If 2016 is not the year when revulsion at “business as usual” begins to reach critical mass in hardest hit areas, i’d expect 2017 to be.