Nearly 80 per cent people 'very concerned' about climate change

Over 45 per cent respondents want an end to all exploration of fossil fuel reserves, says a study

By DTE Staff
Published: Tuesday 16 June 2015


A global study to gauge peoples’ views on climate change found that almost 79 per cent of the respondents were "very concerned" about climate change.

Results of the study were posted on June 13 on the website of the initiative called World Wide Views on Climate and Energy. The initiative, undertaken in 75 countries, was partly funded by the French government.

More than 63 per cent of the 10,000-odd respondents said that the Paris agreement should "do whatever it takes" to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius over pre-Industrial Revolution levels and over 66 per cent said that the measures to fight climate change were an opportunity to improve their quality of life.” However, only about 41 per cent supported a carbon tax to curb emissions while more than 9 per cent voted against imposing such a tax.

More than 70 per cent said that the outcomes of the UN climate negotiations since 1992 have not done enough to tackle climate change. Remarkably, over 45 per cent respondents wanted an end to all exploration of fossil fuel reserves.

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