A cold shoulder to global warming
Public concern about environmental issues including climate change has slumped to a 20-year low since the financial crisis, a global study reveals.
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#1 Mar 4, 2013
The GlobeScan survey found that water pollution is viewed as the most serious environment problem worldwide with 58 per cent of people polled saying it represents a very serious concern.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change reiterated the view of Ed Davey, Climate Change Secretary, that "the basic physics of climate change is irrefutable".
Graham Thompson, a spokesman for Greenpeace, said: "The public can see that the response of our politicians is completely inadequate to the threat scientists have revealed, and that dissonance is reflected in these polls."
Doug Miller, chairman of GlobeScan, said: "Evidence of environmental damage is stronger than ever, but our data shows that economic crisis and a lack of political leadership mean that the public are starting to tune out."
The declining interest in climate change comes amid a backlash against costly green energy investments in an age of austerity. David Nussbaum, head of WWF UK, said "sustained pressure" was required from political leaders to combat climate change. He said it was only when "real indicators" of climate change came, such as floods and droughts, that public perceptions changed.
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#2 Mar 6, 2013
Between sometimes poor explanations by scientists, outright propaganda and manufactured "scandals" funded by Big Energy, and the poor science educations of the masses, it's unsurprising that this serious, scientific topic has become politicized and "controversial." The all-too-common "I can't see it out my window" approach to warming, backed with the 'It's all Al Gore's fault!' political spin, creates an environment where it's just not that important to many people.
Which is a pity, because warming is real, we ARE contributing, and it IS going to get worse - as are the inevitable side effects such as climate change, weather changes, rises in sea levels, etc.
I hate to say this will turn out to be a case of 'Don't say we didn't warn you,' but it probably will. I just hope we don't pay TOO high a price for it.
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