US, UK least concerned about climate change, survey says

The United States and Britain are the main barriers when it comes to tackling climate change, according to a new survey.

The survey by YouGov, spanning four continents and 15 countries, found that both the US and British public trail other countries in terms of general climate change concerns as well as formulating strategies to curb emissions.

Countries from across the world are due to meet in Paris in December to formulate a major international agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the most significant of its kind in history.

However, YouGov has found that the US and the UK trail other countries when it comes to general concerns about climate change and strategies to address the problem.

In fact, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Singapore lead the way as the people of these countries are more concerned about the effects of climate change and global warming as compared to the western nations.

US, UK, Finland and Norway emerged as the countries where large number of people think climate change is not a serious problem.

60 percent of people in China favor a leadership role for their country in reducing global emissions, compared to 44 percent in the United States and 41 percent in Britain.

Interestingly, people in the US and UK care the least about climate change. 32 percent of Americans stated that they think climate change “is not a serious problem”, the highest level of all countries polled. The UK was slightly behind with 26 percent. By contrast, just 4 percent of Chinese respondents think climate change is “not a serious problem”.

Infographic: US & UK The Least Concerned About Climate Change  | Statista

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