Majority of the world supports carbon tax, survey finds

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16th June 2015 18:00 - Utilities

A recent global survey – entitled the Worldwide Views on Climate and Energy survey – has discovered that the vast majority of people would Majority of the world supports carbon tax, survey findslike to see a global carbon tax launched. As well as this, nearly 2 in 3 people would like to see politicians doing all they can to combat climate change.

Funded by the French government, The Worldwide Views on Climate and Energy survey surveyed 10,000 people from 79 different countries, ahead of the 2015 United Nations summit, which is being held in Paris, France. The survey has been described as the largest ever worldwide citizen consultation on climate change and energy issues.

The survey findings come just 6 months prior to the world leaders meet in Paris to sign a global deal on tackling climate change, a deal that would come into effect in 2020.

Preliminary findings from the survey uncover that there is notable concern amongst a large proportion of people surrounding the implications of climate change.

The findings revealed that less than 2 per cent of the respondents were not worried about climate change at all. On the other hand, 79 per cent indicated that they were very worried about climate change.

Of the respondents 71 per cent said that since 1992, the UN climate talks have not done enough to combat the problem of climate change.

The survey found that 63 per cent of people agreed with the statement: "the world should decide in Paris to do whatever it takes to limit temperatures exceeding 2°C warming". A further 26 per cent said that the world should take ambition action, however, they should not do whatever it takes.

80 per cent of the respondents said that they would like their country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, irrespective of other country’s efforts.

Of those questioned, 87 per cent said that they would support some kind of carbon gas and over half supported governments providing subsidies for renewable energy as a method of creating large cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

When asked about fossil fuel exploration, 45 per cent of the respondents said that it should be stopped entirely and 17 per cent said that there should be an end to coal mining.

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