The target mark for Paris in December is pretty clear: to achieve a binding contract among all nations, to keep global warming below the critical 2 degrees Celsius of warming. There is a global agreement that climate change is a major challenge, a new Pew Research Center survey stated. A global median of 54% in all 40 countries polled say it is a very serious problem and an average of 78% support the plan of their country cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Worries about climate change vary substantially by region and country. The percentage of the respondent thinking it will personally harm them during their lifetime ranges from less than 20% in the UK, Australia, Germany and China, to more than 70% in Brazil, the Philippines and Ghana. Americans and Chinese, whose economies are responsible for the greatest annual CO2 emissions, are among the least concerned.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Country [The World Bank Website]
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Results for the survey are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International.