Posted on: 30/05/2017
A survey covering eight countries has found that 88% of the public want action to be taken to prevent climate change, even if it has an impact on today’s standards of living.
The ComRes poll found 84% of respondents in the UK want to see action, rising to more than 90% in Brazil, India and South Africa.
Climate change featured in the top three risk factors that need to be addressed for 56% of global respondents, behind the use of weapons of mass destruction and politically-motivated violence leading to war.
Global warming was seen as a more urgent risk than epidemics, population growth and the rise of artificial intelligence.
Agreement over risk
A total of 84% of respondents agree that climate change is a global catastrophic risk, compared with just 14% who disagree.
In the UK, 80% of those questions agreed climate change was a risk.
The highest percentages of people who agreed climate change was a risk came from Brazil, India and South Africa, all sitting at 90% or above.
Australia and the United States had the lowest totals in agreement, although even these figures hit 75% and 74% respectively.