Wednesday, April 24, 2019

PEW: Awareness of climate threat has grown

In the US we tend to be a little provincial. The evening news is virtually all about the US—unless the North Koreans launch a missile or India has a train wreck. So it can be helpful to see how our perspective differs from other countries. PEW recently redid their national survey to see how concerned people in different countries were about climate change. The results may surprise you.

Top of the list is Greece, perhaps because of their wildfires. 90% of those surveyed thought climate change was a major threat. Israel is at the bottom of the surveyed countries, probably because they still have bombs lobbed at them.

The US is sloshing around near the bottom but even here, 59% accept it’s a major threat and an additional 23% consider it a minor threat.

The share of people expressing concern about the threat of climate change around the world has grown since 2013, when Pew Research Center first asked respondents whether they see it as a major threat to their nation. In 2013, a median of 56% in 23 countries said climate change was a major threat; in the Center’s most recent Global Attitudes survey, a median of 67% in the same countries hold this view. And in 10 countries, the share of people who see global warming as a major threat has grown by at least 10 percentage points. For example, 83% of people in France say this, up from 54% in in 2013, an increase of 29 points. Mexico has seen a similar increase, from 52% to 80%, or 28 points.

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