Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2013

This publication aims to provide an easily accessible reference document which offers information on a wide range of environmental topics. It covers key datasets on the state of the environment in Scotland, with an emphasis on the trends over time wherever possible. The data are supplemented by text providing brief background information on environmental impacts, relevant legislation and performance against national and international targets.

Perceived Immediacy of Climate Change: 2008

Perceived Immediacy of Climate Change: 2008

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has provided evidence that humans are contributing to climate change.5 As a result of every day behaviour, emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are released into the atmosphere. Although technological innovation should, over the long term, enable the public to lower their emissions, behavioural change will also be required. Therefore, monitoring the extent to which the public sees climate change as a concern is important. This is particularly relevant as more recent UK evidence6 suggests a decline in the proportions viewing climate change as a problem.

The Scottish Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours Survey 20081 included a question to gauge public concern about the perceived immediacy of climate change. Respondents were asked to choose one statement that came closest to their own view.7

The majority of respondents (57%) said that "climate change is an immediate and urgent problem". However, more than one in three expressed some degree of doubt, with approximately one fifth (22%) saying that "climate change is more of a problem for the future" and around one in eight either saying "I'm still not convinced that climate change is happening" (9%) or that "climate change is not really a problem" (4%). Around 4% said that that none of these statements closely matched their own view on climate change.

Source: Scottish Government / Metadata


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