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More Indians concerned over climate change than two years ago

Last Updated: Monday, December 7, 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.


First Published: Monday, December 7, 2009 - 22:01
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