UK public believes in benefits of climate action: poll
75 per cent of people believe it's wrong to say human activity is not significantly affecting the climate - and most believe the benefits of tackling climate change outweigh the risks, according to new polling. We take a look at what the new data says about UK attitudes to climate change
Humans are the main cause of climate change
Data from Ipsos Mori's Public Attitudes to Science 2014 collected data from 1,740 adults UK-wide aged over 16 and a booster survey of 510 16-24-year-olds. It shows only 14 per cent of people think human activity does not have a significant effect on the climate. In contrast, three quarters of respondents say they disagree with that statement. This attitude appears to have changed little since the survey was last conducted in 2011.
The results raise interesting questions about how we ask people what they think about climate change.
When asked directly whether climate change is caused by humans, the answers appear to be different. In polling last August, Carbon Brief asked which statement they agreed with most: 'climate change is happening and is mostly caused by humans', 'climate change is happening and is mostly caused by natural processes', and 'climate change is not happening'.UK public believes in benefits of climate action: poll | Carbon Brief
Following on from their look at the IPCC report:
Futures Forum: The impacts of climate change are “severe, pervasive and irreversible” says the latest assessment from the IPCC.
here is the take from the New Economics Foundation on the Ipsos Mori poll:
Climate denial: a luxury most can’t afford
APRIL 15, 2014 // BY: GRIFFIN CARPENTER
ISSUESClimate denial: a luxury most can’t afford | new economics foundation
Here are some of the findings from the Ipsos Mori poll: