Majority of the public worried about global warming


A NEW survey of over 2,000 people has found that 57% of the public are worried about global warming.

The poll also revealed 14% are ‘very worried’ while 64% of people think global warming is already a problem.

The main issues the respondents said they were worried about were flooding and sea level rises (63%), extreme weather like hurricanes and cyclones (60%), and droughts and water shortages (53%).

Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which commissioned the survey, said: “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.”