A new survey reveals that up to 32% of people in the US don’t think climate change is a “serious problem”. On the other hand, China – the biggest rival to the US in terms of world economic power – takes the problem seriously with 60% calling for ambitious carbon reduction targets.
The YouGov global survey was taken in 15 countries across four continents, including the US, Australia, Asia and Europe. The vast majority of people surveyed around the world want an ambitious deal on climate change in Paris this December.
In all of the countries surveyed, the majority of the people polled want to see some determined action on climate change. In one of the world’s worst polluters, China, respondents want their country to stake out a leadership role in dealing with climate change emissions. In Indonesia, with a population of 226 million, 82% consider climate change to be a “very” serious problem.
YouGov is an innovative market research firm that recruits large survey panels by offering rewards for responses. They have developed a reputation for predicting election results with uncanny accuracy.
As the majority of consumers and companies turn towards cutting emissions and balancing the environmental impacts of their economic activity, questions remains over whether their political leadership can come to an agreement in Paris for far-reaching action following the shortcomings of Kyoto and Copenhagen. Many people see the worsening situation in the world’s climate as a sign that time is running out.
At the G7 summit of the world’s wealthiest democracies this week, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for binding agreements to be struck in Paris in December on de-carbonising the world’s economy. G7 members include the world’s power-house economies such as the US, UK, Germany and Japan.
As it stands, the G7 made a non-binding pledge to reform energy production by 2050 and declared an aspiration to remove fossil fuels from the economy by the end of the century.
Some have said this signal to eliminate fossil fuels is a seismic shift, with critics suggesting that it is complacent to think that we can burn fossil fuels beyond 2050. Developing nations are reluctant to rule out the use of coal in their economies as it is a ready source of cheap energy. The G7 also pledged to create an €89 billion fund to fight the effects of rising global temperatures.
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