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Global Public Opinions on Climate Change by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
September 25, 2007, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Environment, If you only have 15 mins, Megatrend

The BBC has just conducted a poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries to ascertain opinions towards Climate Change. Not surprisingly perhaps, given recent reports and media attention, an average of 79% now believe that human activity is a significant cause of climate change. The biggest skeptics are in the US, India, Kenya, and (surprisingly to me) Canada. There are some interesting graphs and it is interesting to see which countries are the most supportive of immediate action and those which are less inclined to jump in immediately. I found it positive to see where public opinion is currently at. However, I also feel the need to balance it with another poll I read recently in Britain in The Week which says that the vast majority of Britains feel the need to pretend to be greener than they are and that most people don’t a) trust the government to be really making effective legislation or b) believe that they need to cut down on their own energy consumption.

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