Climate scepticism highest in US - poll

2012-10-04 16:17
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Paris - Awareness of climate change is high in many countries, especially the tropics, but in Britain, Japan and the US many are doubtful about the cause, a poll published on Thursday said.

A survey of 13 492 adults in 13 countries who were questioned by internet found that 88% believed the climate had changed over the past 20 years.

The figures ranged from 98% in Mexico and Hong Kong and 97% in Indonesia to 80% in Belgium and 72% in the US.

Rising average temperatures, drought and extreme rainfall were the phenomena that people most cited.

On the question whether climate change had been scientifically proven, agreement was highest in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Turkey (95%, 89% and 86% respectively).

It was lowest in Japan (58%), preceded by Britain (63%) and the US (65%).

Asked whether human activity was mainly responsible for climate change, 94% of citizens in Hong Kong agreed, followed by 93% in Indonesia, 92% in Mexico and 87% in Germany.

Dissent was strongest in the US, where 58% agreed with the question, in Britain (65%) and Japan (78%).

The survey was carried out from 5 July to 6 August by the opinion poll group Ipsos for the insurance firm Axa.

It was conducted in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the US.

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