Chi­nese don’t care about cli­mate change

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dou­glas McIn­tyre

All govern­ments around the world must come to terms with the neg­a­tive ef­fect of cli­mate change, both in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively. How­ever, China’s ci­ti­zen’s barely care at all based on new re­search done by Pew Global Re­search Global At­ti­tudes and Trends. This in­for­ma­tion is trou­bling since China is among, or is the leader in, the pro­duc­tion of air pol­lu­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thors of the “As a new Pew Re­search Cen­tre study: sur­vey il­lus­trates, there is a global con­sen­sus that cli­mate change is a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge. Ma­jori­ties in all 40 na­tions polled say it is a se­ri­ous prob­lem, and a global me­dian of 54% con­sider it a very se­ri­ous prob­lem. More­over, a me­dian of 78% sup­port the idea of their coun­try lim­it­ing green­house gas emis­sions as part of an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment in Paris.”

And, “cli­mate change is not viewed as a dis­tant threat. Across the na­tions sur­veyed, a me­dian of 51% be­lieve peo­ple are al­ready be­ing harmed by cli­mate change and an­other 28% think peo­ple will be harmed in the next few years. More than half in 39 of 40 coun­tries are con­cerned it will cause harm to them per­son­ally dur­ing their life­time (the United King­dom is the ex­cep­tion), and a global me­dian of 40% are very wor­ried this will hap­pen.” Some 74% in Latin Amer­ica said “cli­mate change is a se­ri­ous prob­lem”. The fig­ure was 61% in Africa.

How­ever, that num­ber is lower in China and the U.S., the two largest green­house gas emit­ters. For in­stance, just 18% of Chi­nese and 45% of Amer­i­cans say cli­mate change is a very se­ri­ous prob­lem, com­pared with a global me­dian of 54%. Sim­i­larly, while fourin-ten around the world are very wor­ried that global warm­ing will harm them per­son­ally, just 15% in China and 30% in the U.S. share this fear. Over­all, peo­ple in coun­tries with high lev­els of car­bon diox­ide (CO2) emis­sions per capita tend to ex­press less anx­i­ety about cli­mate change than those in na­tions with lower per-capita emis­sions.

Con­cerns in the U.S. are much greater among Democrats and the young, and greater among Catholics than Protes­tants.

The up­com­ing con­fer­ence about cli­mate change to be held in Paris will not yield much in terms of real change if China and the U.S. refuse to ac­knowl­edge the se­ri­ous­ness of the prob­lem. (Source: 24/7 Wall

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