Commentary: How Does Everyone Feel About Climate Change?

Source: Jim Conca, Forbes, September 17, 2019.

A recent global survey on the thoughts and feelings of humans, concerning climate change and its effects, was recently released by YouGov, a global public opinion and data company, that has made a science of global online surveying.

This particular study is compiled from the answers of 30,000 people in 28 countries and demonstrates significant differences in attitudes between East and West (see series of tabular figures below), including:

– Almost 90% of the world believes climate change is real

– 71% of people in India think that human activity is the main reason that the climate is changingToday In: Business

– People in Eastern and Middle Eastern countries are much more likely than those in the West to think that climate change is important

– 38% of Americans think that the climate is changing mainly as a result of human activity, 37% think that the climate is changing partly as a result of human activity, while 9% think the climate is changing but not due to human activity, and only 6% say the climate is not changing at all

– 75% of those from the Philippines say that climate change will significantly impact their life versus just 24% of those in the United States

– Scandinavian countries don’t seem to care very much, which is interesting since they have such a cold climate that global warming will turn theirs into temperate zone climates by the end of this century

– Most people of the world feel that we are still able to avoid the worst effects of climate change although it would need drastic changes soon in how we tackle it

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