Number of people who believe climate change is happening is increasing
21st February 2017 14:11 - Utilities
Number of people who believe climate change is happening is increasing: A recent survey of 2,045 people throughout the United Kingdom has revealed that the percentage of people who believe that climate change is happening and has been caused by humans has increased to 64 per cent.
The poll has captured a noticeable shift in public opinion, with this year’s percentage representing an increase on 2015’s 59 per cent and the 57 per cent recorded in 2014, when the public were also asked whether they agreed that climate change is occurring as a result of human activity.
Of the survey respondents, just 4 per cent said that they felt that climate change was not happening and a further 22 per cent said that the process was happening but humans were not mainly to blame.
A total of 80 per cent of the survey respondents said that they were concerned about how a changing climate will affect wildlife and nature and a further 73 per cent said that they were worried about an increase in flooding.
Approximately 60 per cent of the participants said that they were worried that there would be less consistency in the prices and availability of some food products and another 47 per cent said that they were concerned about an increase in heatwaves.
The survey also found that people’s understanding of what experts think about climate change is also on the rise, with 69 per cent saying that all or the vast majority of scientists feel that it is primarily as a result of human activity, which is an increase on previous years.
The survey findings were released following the announcement that 2016 was the hottest year on record worldwide and the third consecutive year when the global temperature records were hit.
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