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Global survey: Britain among least concerned in the world about climate change

February 2, 2016

By Paul Homewood

 

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https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/01/29/global-issues/

 

This is according to a survey from YouGov, who write:

 

Out of 17 countries surveyed worldwide Britain is among the least concerned about climate change – but the most concerned about population growth

 

 

A historic deal to place limits on the rise in global temperatures to 2C above pre-industrial levels was reached in December, after the combined efforts of nearly 200 countries delivered consensus on carbon emissions. This is the first climate deal to commit all countries to emissions cuts, which will come into force in 2020 through a combination of legally binding and voluntary measures, and the package includes $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020 with future finance also promised.

 

New YouGov research reveals climate change is considered the third most serious issue facing the world by the world’s population, with a 12.8% share of concern, behind international terrorism (25.1%) and poverty, hunger and the lack of drinking water (15.2%).

Samples in 17 countries throughout Asia, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia were asked during November – December 2015 to say which of nine issues facing the world they consider to be a serious issue, and then which one they consider to be the most serious. The percentage scores represent an average of these two, so as to include both the breadth and intensity of concern.

In Britain climate change has a share of concern of 10.8%, two points behind the global average and above only the USA (9.2%) and Saudi Arabia (5.7%). In contrast, Britain is the most concerned country about increasing population growth with a concern score of 12.4%, more than 5 points above the global average.

 

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https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/01/29/global-issues/

 

[To use the above table, you need to click on the link, and then hover over a country]

 

 

It seems that even the global figure of 12.8% hardly suggests that people are unduly worried. It is also worth noting that there are no genuinely third world countries, for instance in Africa – I suspect that they would put issues like poverty well above climate.

It is encouraging that the UK and US appear near the bottom, as it shows that the widespread counter debate there has helped to neutralise the incessant propaganda from the BBC and most of the media.

 

Just looking at the other issues, these countries top the list:

 

  • Population growth – UK
  • Armed conflicts – Saudi Arabia
  • Economic stability – Malaysia
  • Global terrorism – France
  • Energy scarcity – China (!)
  • Poverty – Indonesia
  • Nuclear weapons – Saudi Arabia
  • Spread of diseases – Singapore

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE

Note the first paragraph:

 

A historic deal to place limits on the rise in global temperatures to 2C above pre-industrial levels was reached in December, after the combined efforts of nearly 200 countries delivered consensus on carbon emissions. This is the first climate deal to commit all countries to emissions cuts, which will come into force in 2020 through a combination of legally binding and voluntary measures, and the package includes $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020 with future finance also promised.

 

This is a classic case of the sort of brainwashing that the public has had to put up with for so long now.

As we all know, most countries, including China and India, are not committed to make any reductions at all, quite the contrary. Does YouGov know this fact?

Does it care?

Or has it just fallen for the propaganda put out by the govt and others to persuade us otherwise?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben Vorlich permalink
    February 2, 2016 12:04 pm

    No South/Central American countries either

    Interesting how the nation most worried about a topic is related to what’s going on or appears to be going on around them locally.

    France – Global Terrorism
    China – Energy Scarcity
    Malaysia – Economic stability
    Indonesia – Poverty
    Hong Kong – Climate Change
    Saudi Arabia – Armed Conflicts and Nuclear Weapons
    Singapore – Spread of disease

    Just shows people are more worried about immedeate local threats they see everyday rather than something in the future that they see no evidence for with their own lying eyes; who’d have thought that.

  2. February 2, 2016 12:18 pm

    Our geography teachers are doing their best to scare their pupils with climate change, just look at the EDEXCEL AS level course below, besides the direct climate change propaganda (featuring the “hockey stick”) the extreme weather and coastal erosion parts say its getting worse due to CC.

    Geography used to be about agriculture and industry in various parts of the world, now it seems to be a training ground for activist watermelons:

    Unit 1: Global challenges
    World at risk
    Global hazards
    Global hazard trends
    Global hazard patterns
    Climate change and its causes
    The impacts of global warming
    Coping with climate change
    The challenge of global hazards for the future
    Going global
    Globalisation
    Global groupings
    Global networks
    Roots
    On the move
    World cities
    Global challenges for the future
    Unit 2: Geographical investigations
    Extreme weather
    Extreme weather watch
    Extreme impacts
    Increasing risks
    Managing extreme weather
    Crowded coasts
    Competition for coasts
    Coping with the pressure
    Increasing risks
    Coastal management
    Unequal spaces
    Recognising inequality
    Inequality for whom?
    Managing rural inequalities
    Managing urban inequalities
    Rebranding places
    Time to rebrand
    Rebranding strategies
    Managing rural rebranding
    Managing urban rebranding

  3. waterside4 permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:30 pm

    Paul,
    I have been an active lurker on your great site for years. Whilst I contribute occasionally to Bishop Hill and WUWT, this is my first piece on here.

    I am a keen visitor to the Biased BBC Text “anti science” section on a daily basis.
    Today’s offering really takes the biscuit, and must be straight out of the Woger Harripin catechism. It is a follows.

    Emissions boosted England (sic) storm risk.

    Severe storms in the south of England in 2013/14 were made more likely by human emissions of carbon dioxide. A new study says that climate change increased the chances of a once-a-century wet January by 43%.
    Researchers were able to estimate the climate impact on rainfall, river flows and properties at risk.
    Citizen scientists made key contributions to the study using their computers to run simulations of UK (sic) weather patterns.

    That is the item verbatim.

    Note there is no attribution as to when. where and by whom this outstanding piece of scientific “research” was done.

    I realise that the topic under discussion here is probably the incorrect place to post this,
    but as you are the expert on all Met Office propaganda, I thought you may be interested.

  4. Joe Public permalink
    February 2, 2016 4:47 pm

    It’s unsurprising Brits are amongst the least concerned in the world about climate change, you published a post not long ago with analysis by a meteorologist (can’t remember his name, but it wasn’t Ex-MetMan) showing just how ‘normal’ out weather/climate has been, based upon temps, rainfall, sunshine etc.

    Ex-MetMan produced a chart of CET vs CO2 which to me, is very persuasive.

    http://c3headlines.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b58035970c0168e57ca107970c-pi

  5. February 2, 2016 6:38 pm

    A no-brainer, the UK is a crowded island that has always had variable weather…

  6. waterside4 permalink
    February 2, 2016 6:42 pm

    thanks Joe,

    I was looking at BBC Teletex so called science section which I skim through each day.
    Should have known it would be my fellow Irishman, who is just a mouthpiece for Harrabin.
    BTW he is an ex motor magazine journalist, so is admirably qualified to pontificate on weather science.

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 2, 2016 9:28 pm

      You’re welcome. The fact you provided a verbatim quote meant our friend Google took me straight there.

  7. manicbeancounter permalink
    February 2, 2016 8:15 pm

    Opinion polls do not add to our understanding of the real world, but only give a perception of the whether various groups are getting their message across. Global terrorism is ranked as the no.1 issue in 15 of 17 countries surveyed. The other two are Saudi Arabia (armed conflict) and Indonesia (Poverty, Hunger, Thirst). Even though China is bottom of the list for Global Terrorism concerns, it is still the no.1 issue, with energy scarcity 2nd, where it tops the rankings.
    I do not think that it is surprising China are top of the energy scarcity rankings. The Chinese Government, probably realizing that a growing China is increasing global demand for energy supplies has been diversifying into every form of power available. This is the only way to explain their expansion of wind turbines and hydro, along with their expansion of coal mining, investing in overseas oil projects and even making massive investments in turning coal to liquids. If they were concerned about constraining CO2 emissions they would not invest in CTL, which generates 4 to 5 times the CO2 of burning coal alone.

    • February 2, 2016 8:44 pm

      You’re right about China, Kevin. That’s why I ! it

      As I have repeatedly shown China needs every drop of energy it can get its hands on. Consequently wind/hydro, as you say, simply to top up whatever else it has.

      The idea that the Chinese people want wind mills to fight climate change is utterly bizarre.

  8. Russ Wood permalink
    February 4, 2016 2:45 pm

    I’m wondering if the reason that (despite the BBC) the UK isn’t so concerned about CAGW, is that the Met Office doesn’t actually CONTROL the weather data, so it’s a lot harder to back up lies. Weather data in the UK has been, for along time, the preserve of amateurs, and it’s very hard to change history if someone can pull out his grandfather’s logbook and PROVE that these are lies!

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