Global polling

2019-02-26 02:06:18

A WORLDWIDE poll among scientists concerned with climate change has revealed opinions ranging from consensus to conflict: 76 per cent think that people have induced global warming, although only 41 per cent of those think that there is scientific evidence for this view. The poll was conducted by Global Environmental Change Report, a newsletter based in Arlington, Massachusetts. Sixty-five per cent think that there is a better than even chance that the greenhouse effect will lead to temperatures rising by 2 Degree C over the next hundred years, and 6 per cent think there could be a rise of more than 5 Degree C. No such clear message came from questions about what factors might moderate or enhance any warming. Eighty-one per cent of respondents feel that the world has become warmer, on average, in the past hundred years, but 71 per cent of those believe that this could be wholly due to natural variations in the world’s climate. The overwhelming majority think that steps should be taken now to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide,