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Nearly 60% Britons worried about global warming; 14% ‘very worried’

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Global warming has got scientists and governments around the world concerned, and joining this community of concerned people is the general public of the UK – majority of whom are worried about this trend.

According to a survey by ICM Unlimited and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 57 per cent of Britons are worried about global warming with 14 per cent saying that they are ‘very worried’.

The poll that involved over 2,000 respondents found that 64 per cent of people think global warming is already a problem now, while 70 per cent said they think global warming will be a problem in 20 years’ time.

Some of the main issues that respondents were worried about are: flooding and sea level rises (63 per cent), extreme weather like hurricanes and cyclones (60 per cent), and droughts and water shortages (53 per cent).

When asked which methods do they believe are the most effective against man-made climate change, 25 per cent of the respondents said that changing to energy sources that produce less carbon dioxide would be an ideal option. 15 per cent suggested switching all electricity production to renewable sources and 15 per cent said cutting down energy consumption. Only 6 per cent of those surveyed said that geoengineering would be the most effective method.

Despite the concerns for the impact of global warming, 52 per cent of the people surveyed said they did not think we should pay more tax on products that cause more pollution and carbon emissions, compared to 48 per cent who said they should.

Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said in response to the results that the UK is particularly prone to to flooding and sea level rises and incidents of this type will be reported in increasing numbers unless urgent action is taken to prevent and adapt to climate change.

Baxter said that the Government needs to clarify how the UK will meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets. Government needs to detail how it will step up efforts to wind-down coal-fired generation, which is produces much more CO2 than gas or nuclear power plants, and support research and development into the new generation of renewable energy technologies.

You can download the full survey results here: Climate Change survey.