India leads world in climate-change concern, study finds

Fri, 2007-07-13 12:02Bill Miller
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India leads world in climate-change concern, study finds

The nine-country Climate Confidex Index surveyed 9,000 people across four continents, demonstrating that 60% of Indians were deeply concerned about climate change, compared with 22% in the UK and 26% in Germany.

It is thought to be the first-ever international survey by a global financial institution and the first attempt by a major Western business to cash in on climate change and save the planet in the process. As a result of the survey, HSBC is expected to launch its “green” banking packages in Asia instead of Europe or the US.

India, poised to overtake China as the world’s most-populous nation, would receive easy loans for a diverse basket of eco-friendly commodities like solar panel installation or a biogas cookers. Though HSBC did not specify the size of the Indian 'green' market, it was likely to harness all forms of alternative energy, including wind power and waste-into-energy processes.

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Wow Bill, India is concerned. Instead of creating their own technology to care for the environment they will get loans from Where? This is nonsense, caring for the environment is important, running headlong into the global warming abyss is idiocy. Of course any discourse about gw is not allowed, it is happening according to Lord Gore and therefore any nonbelievers are heretics. Al has succeeded in scaring the bejesus out of children, and those who refuse to do any research. True dialogue would give us a better, more reliable picture of what is the best use of our resources and the greatest possible direction to move towards for future generations. Kent

Ideological blindness won’t get you anywhere, Kent.

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