Huge worldwide support for Arctic sanctuary - poll

2014-09-05 12:58

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Montreal - Creating a sanctuary to protect international waters surrounding the North Pole would be supported by a huge majority of people across 30 countries, a Greenpeace poll released on Thursday said.

A total of 74% of respondents reported they were in favour of a formally protected area, while only 17% said they were against the idea.

The survey, which was conducted across all continents by Canadian firm Riwi, said 9% of respondents had no opinion.

Support for the move reached 72% in Russia and 78% in Canada, the largest countries bordering the Arctic Ocean.

At least 84% of Italians and South Africans, but only 57% of the Japanese favoured creation of the sanctuary.

People in Argentina, Italy, India and South Africa expressed the strongest support for the move.

A total of 71% of respondents meanwhile wanted a ban on oil drilling and heavy industry in the Arctic Ocean, but the number dropped to 66% when it included industrial fishing.

Only 1.5% of the Arctic Ocean is protected water, less than any other ocean in the world, Greenpeace said.

The online poll, conducted from 8-28 August, surveyed 30 679 respondents.

Read more on:    greenpeace  |  environment

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