Climate change no longer tops US environment worries

Only 18% of Americans polled cite climate change as their top environmental concern
Cooling towers at the Scholven coal-fired power plant in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. Americans no longer see climate change as the world's number-one environmental issue, according to a public opinion poll released Tuesday amid an ongoing heat wave in much of the United States.

Americans no longer see climate change as the world's number-one environmental issue, according to a public opinion poll released Tuesday amid an ongoing heat wave in much of the United States.

Twenty-nine percent cited water and as the most pressing concern, the Washington Post-Stanford University poll indicated, followed by 18 percent who pointed to climate change -- way down from 33 percent in 2007.

More than 800 adults took part in the telephone survey between June 13 and 21, several days before record-setting temperatures unleashed fierce thunderstorms and left millions without power in many states.

The poll -- which also followed the warmest spring on record in the United States -- had a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

While downgrading climate change, nearly three in four poll respondents said the Earth is warming, and just as many felt will keep going up if nothing is done to address the matter.

Reporting the poll findings, the Washington Post said the reduced priority given by Americans to could be due to President 's own low profile on the issue ahead of the November election.

(c) 2012 AFP

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