UK survey reveals increasing concern over climate change

March 5th, 2013 in Earth / Environment
Climate Change

According to results of a major new national survey, belief in climate change and levels of concern in Wales are now at their highest level for a number of years. The survey also highlights the impacts of last year's flooding in Wales on beliefs.

A new survey conducted by a team from Cardiff and Aberystwyth Universities shows that a clear majority (88%) of the Welsh public believe that the world's climate is changing. People are also more concerned about climate change and more likely to see their as vulnerable to its effects as compared to the last time these questions were asked in 2010

The research is the first independent nationwide survey of of climate change to be conducted in Wales for some years, and while the public back continued efforts to limit the causes of climate change there is also a widespread recognition that action is needed to deal with its consequences. With taking place in the UK and around the world last year, the flooding which hit many parts of Wales during 2012 appears to have played a part in making climate change a more pressing local concern for people across Wales. In particular, people who report being affected by flooding are more likely to see climate change as an immediate and important issue for them.

The study reveals:

Beliefs about climate change:

Links between flooding experience and beliefs about climate change:
Beliefs about responding to the impacts of climate change:
Attitudes to Welsh Government policy and personal behaviour change:
Professor Nick Pidgeon, from the University's School of Psychology, who lead the team which carried out the research, explained that:

"Last year was a difficult time for many people in Wales, with serious flooding occurring in several areas of the country. While is not possible to pin the blame for  any single event directly on climate change, we do know that in the future we can expect more of exactly this sort of disruption. It is encouraging to see that people in the survey are concerned about how will affect both Wales and the wider world, and express support for a range of actions to address the challenges that this brings."

Provided by Cardiff University

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