Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

Yet another science survey and yet another dose of bad news about the public’s understanding of science and the world around us:

When the results of its latest survey came back, officials at the American Museum of Natural History were hardly astonished.

The survey was trying to find out how much people know about water. Turns out, not much.

Fewer than half of those surveyed answered correctly when asked how much of the planet is covered in water (about three-fourths). Hardly anyone knew how much of that water is drinkable (about 1 percent).

It’s not the first time a survey has shown how little the public knows about science; the results of one museum survey in 1994 were so woeful, museum President Ellen Futter barely raises an eyebrow anymore.

“I haven’t been surprised by the public’s reaction since our first survey, when I saw that 35 percent of the adult population thought that humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs,” she said.

About Brandon Haught

Communications Director for Florida Citizens for Science.
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