In Developed Countries the Issue of Climate Change is Not Yet Become Anxiety

Bogor, August 26, 2015

A Gallup survey showed that the public perception of the 119 countries that are relatively prosperous unaware of the adverse effects that may arise from climate change. Only 50 percent of survey participants consider climate change as a serious threat.

More than 75 percent of respondents in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and some other European countries aware of the potential problems that could arise as a result of global warming. However, just a few of those who consider that it may harm him or his family.

From of that poll, only 50 percent of respondents in Australia, the US, Germany, and the Scandinavian countries who consider that climate change as a threat. This is very much different from the results of polls in South America, Asia, and Africa. Level of anxiety about the dangers of climate change in all countries of South America at 90 percent.

The same anxiety are also found in several other countries, such as India, Mexico, Tanzania, Morocco, and Japan. Japan is the only developed country that has very high anxiety to climate change.

Research from several universities in the US have discovered there are different factors that determine the awareness and perception of risk in climate change in each country.

In Europe, awareness of the dangers of climate change obtained through education. While in Africa and Asia, the temperature change is felt directly by the people so it is a major cause of consciousness.

Dr Debbie Hopkins, an expert on social purport to climate change at the University of Otago, New Zealand suggest that "people may be aware of this problem, but they see it will not affect them". "It can prevent us to do something on climate change", she added.

According to Hopkins, many people still think that this issue is not so important to them. "We also talked about the global average temperature, and this is very difficult to be understood by many people because of the change of two degrees seem not so much. But that assumption would be lost if they live in places with extreme weather," she said.

The media reports were accurate in climate change issues and discussions involving the local population affected, says Hopkins, will help explain the threats of climate change, such as rising sea levels and heat waves.

The United Nations and a number of research institutions assess the current climate change will pose much of an impact. Risks arising from the increase in temperature alone can cause fuel conflict, war, and migration. The UN also said the number of disasters that occurred during the 2000-2009 period three times more than the 1980s.


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