Monday, 17 July 2017

SURVEY ON PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE SEA

This large survey looks at how the public perceives the effect of man's behaviour on the sea. Having read it I believe it goes beyond "climate change", as it lumps together pollution (such as effluent etc.) along with CO2. I am not convinced that surveys like this are very accurate, but they are still interesting in a general way. Worth reading in full if you have the time.

It throws up some positives such as "54% of European citizens believe that humans play only a partial role or no role in climate change."

Many who thought that they were well informed on the impacts of climate change on the ocean believe scenarios that may happen by 2100 if we do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions have already occurred e.g. loss of Arctic sea-ice in the summer (26% of respondents) and sea temperature increases of more than 2°C (30% of respondents). I am not surprised given the media coverage.

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