Poll finds worldwide global warming concern

Tue, 2007-05-01 10:10Kevin Grandia
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Poll finds worldwide global warming concern

A new BBC World/Synovate 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.
  • Respondents believe the main factors causing climate change are pollution (21%) and human causes such as land clearing, waste and population increases (21%).
  • Respondents in the two major industrialized nations not to have signed the Kyoto Protocol are well ahead of their leaders, with 84% of Australians and 57% of Americans concerned about climate change.
  • 41% believe one country is responsible for climate change and almost all of those look at the United States. Two-thirds of all respondents blame the US before any other country.
  • Almost four in five Americans, however, think that no one country is to blame while more than 40% of Indians think that India is most responsible.
  • Only 1.4% blame divine intervention, except in Dubai where the number of respondents increased to one in five.
  • People are unlikely to let their treasured possessions go. Only 20% have bought or plan to buy a smaller car and 28% have changed their travel plans.
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