Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Poll shows unprecedented global concern about climate change

Poll shows rising concern for climate change (BBC / GlobeScan)

...a new poll shows growing concern for climate change; nearly two-thirds say climate is “very serious” problem. Despite the fact that recent polling numbers indicate a decrease in public concern for climate change in the United States, global concern is at its highest level since 1998, according to a new poll released on Monday.

According to the GlobeScan/BBC World Service poll, nearly two-thirds of people now consider climate change is a “very serious” problem. This year’s results indicate the greatest overall concern for the climate since GlobeScan began international tracking in 1998.

“The poll shows strong worldwide support for action on climate change, in spite of the recession,” said GlobeScan chairman Doug Miller.

The poll was conducted between June and October and represents the opinions of of over 27,000 citizens in 23 countries. GlobeScan has regularly polled 13 of the countries included in the survey, for the past 11 years.

Poll Shows Unprecedented Global Concern About Climate Change

World Bank, World Development Report 2010:

A new poll of 15 nations, most of them in the developing world, finds that majorities of the people canvassed want their governments to take steps to fight climate change, even if that entails costs. People signaled they would support public measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions and step up adaptation measures. For example, respondents would support higher fuel efficiency standards for cars, preserving or expanding forests, and extending funding to vulnerable countries so they can develop hardier crops suited to more severe climates. … Polling was conducted among 13,518 respondents in 15 nations—Bangladesh, China, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. …

Public Attitudes Toward Climate Change: Findings from a Multi-Country Poll

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