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Poll finds worldwide global warming concern

A new BBC World/Synovate international poll out today shows that Canadians are the most concerned about global warming, along with two-thirds of the rest of the world.

Here are the key findings:

33% of Canadians are “very concerned” about the effects of climate change, while another 43% are “somewhat concerned”.

Only 0.4% believe the climate isn't changing.

New poll shows Americans ready to act on climate change

Could the US collective head finally be coming out of the sand? We're always a little skeptical of polling numbers, but let's hope this trend continues:

Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climateH/T to Josh Zaharoff at the Common Blog.

Ford chief executive admits global warming is real; GM official calls for action

In perhaps the strongest statements on climate change ever by U.S. auto-industry executives, Ford’s CEO said global warming is real , manmade and caused in part by auto emissions, while a GM executive has urged government action on a national energy policy.

Californians offer support en masse for early action on global warming

With landmark legislation in place to reduce climate-change pollution, residents of America’s most populous state are ready to start cutting greenhouse-gas emissions as quickly as possible.

Rebuffed at UN, Britain continues world climate-change crusade

Accused of scaremongering for taking climate change before the UN Security Council last week, Britain is standing firm in insisting it’s a global challenge that must not be allowed to degenerate into regional bickering.

Clean air or clean water? Climate change enters Northwest dam debate

The long-standing controversy over dam removal in Washington, Oregon and California has heightened with scientific recognition of man made carbon emissions in global warming. Power companies and others who favor keeping the dams tout them as a crucial source of so-called clean energy, while opponents say the dams are anything but clean because they foul water and kill fish to generate electricity.

Prominent newspaper highlights link between security and global warming

The New York Times says the climate-change debate took “a useful turn” this week as “persuasive connections” were drawn between national security and global warming, causing even those who customarily scoff at environmental issues to take notice.

Africa must act fast on climate change, IPCC says

African governments must take speedy action to prevent drought in the already semi-arid continent due to global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said. Major threats include severe food shortages due to decreasing fish populations in large lakes because of rising temperatures.

Bush Administration subjects environment to ‘Texas chainsaw management,’ writer says

The White House has handed more than 100 top environmental posts to representatives of polluting industries, says an article in Vanity Fair, and no president has mounted a more sustained and deliberate assault on America’s environment than George W. Bush, whose administration has promoted and implemented more than 400 measures that eviscerate 30 years of environmental policy.

Population growth cited as key driver of climate change

Controlling population growth is a crucial factor in reducing global warming, a California group says, and America had better get a grip. Americans are already the most voracious consumers and greatest producers of greenhouse gases per capita of any nation on earth, it said, and its population “has been doubling every 40 years and is headed for one billion before the end of this century.”

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