More Indians concerned over climate change than two years ago
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Last Updated: Monday, December 07, 2009, 22:01
  
New Delhi: The number of Indians concerned over climate change has gone up, though marginally, while in many countries lesser number of people are worried over the issue now than two years ago, according to a new global survey released today.

The survey, conducted by the Nielsen Company and the Oxford University Institute of Climate Change, said 54 per cent Indian consumers are "very concerned" about climate change, a rise of one per cent in the last two years.

Globally 37 per cent consumers said they were very concerned about climate change but it was lower than the 2007 figures -- 41 per cent, the report said.

The highest number of respondents concerned over the issue were from Latin America (57 per cent) and Asia Pacific (42 per cent). However, North America lagged behind other global regions with only a quarter of respondents saying they were "very concerned" over the issue, the survey said.

Atleast thirty-five out of the 54 countries surveyed recorded a decline in the number of respondents expressing concern over climate change, led by Poland (23 per cent) and Canada (22 per cent). While 18 per cent of those surveyed in Portugal said they were worried over the issue, 17 per cent in Taiwan, Spain and Sweden were found to be in the same league.

"The global recession and economic woes temporarily knocked the climate change issue off the top line agenda, but as the recession is now beginning to recede, we expect the Copenhagen Summit may push this issue to the forefront again," said Jonathan Banks, Business Insights Director Europe, The Nielsen Company.

PTI


First Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, 22:01


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