/ INTERNATIONAL NEWS
U.S. Public Still Unconvinced on Climate Change
Source: Worldwatch Institute,ENN, Date: , 2009
Fewer U.S. citizens consider climate change
to be a "serious threat" compared to two years ago, even as scientific
evidence demonstrates that the problem has become increasingly severe,
according to a recent nationwide public opinion poll.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey suggests that climate change campaigns are not adequately explaining the latest science
to an audience that needs to reduce emissions substantially in order
for the world to avoid the most damaging effects of global warming.
The survey, conducted between September
30 and October 4 among a sample of 1,500 telephone respondents,
suggests that 65 percent of the U.S. public considers climate change to
be a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. The results mark a
decline in public concern from January 2007, when 77 percent of
participants told a Pew survey that they were seriously concerned about