Survey finds most Brits concerned about global warming

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4th August 2015 11:13 - Utilities

A recent survey, of more than 2,000 people, has discovered that most Brits are concerned about global warming, with flooding and sea level Survey finds most Brits concerned about global warmingrise being the most feared disasters, caused by the rising temperatures.

The research revealed that 57 per cent were concerned about global warming, with 14 per cent of those describing themselves as ‘very’ worried.

Of the respondents, 64 per cent said that they believed that global warming was already an issue, and 70 per cent agreed that it was going to me a major problem 20 years down the line.

The poll, which was carried out on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Imeche), also found that flooding and sea level rise was feared by 63 per cent, and 60 per cent said that they’re worried about extreme weather (i.e. hurricanes and cyclones). As well as this, 53 per cent said they were concerned about water shortages and droughts.

When the participants were asked what they deemed to be the most effective way of combatting man-made climate change, 25 per cent said that swapping to energy that produced less carbon would be a better option, whilst 15 per cent said that electricity should be swapped with renewable energy. A further 15 per cent said that people should cut back on their energy consumption to reduce climate change.

The survey found a divide in opinions, when it came to the question: “should tax be increased on products which produce more pollution and carbon emissions?”

Of the respondents, 52 per cent said that tax should not be increased, whereas 48 per cent said that tax should be increased.

Head of Energy and Environment at Imeche, Dr Jenifer Baxter, said of the findings:

“Since the 2008 economic crash, climate change has drifted down the political agenda.

“But these results show that it is an issue that still worries the majority of people.

“As we’ve seen in recent years, the UK is particularly susceptible to flooding and sea level rises, and this is something we are likely to see more of unless urgent action is taken to prevent and adapt to climate change.

“With the UN climate change talks in Paris just four months away and speculation mounting over cuts to public spending, government needs to clarify how the UK will meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.”

Baxter added that the cheapest energy sources were high-carbon and enabling the market to drive energy options may lead to the “worst case” in terms of pollution. She also added that the UK Government should ramp up efforts to wind down coal power plants.

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