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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.

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Public Attitudes & Behaviours - Footnotes

1) Scottish Government Social Research (2009). Scottish Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours Survey 2008 (SEABS '08).

2) Actual question asked was: "There is a lot of talk these days about environmental problems. When people talk about environmental problems, what do you see as the most significant problem? And what do you see as other environmental problems?" Sample size: all respondents (3,054).

3) Scottish Parliament (2009). Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

4) Respondents were asked indicate the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with a total of 29 attitudinal statements. Sample size: all respondents who completed the Computer Assisted Self-Interview section (2,673).

5) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007) Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., Qin, D., Manning, M., Chen, Z., Marquis, M., Averyt, K.B., Tignor, M., and Miller, H.L. (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

6) Spence, A. et al. (2010). Public Perceptions of Climate Change and Energy Futures in Britain: Summary Findings of a Survey Conducted in January-March 2010. Cardiff University School of Psychology, Cardiff. http://www.understanding-risk.org/. Note that questions in this survey are framed differently from their SEABS'08 equivalents. However, this and other surveys suggest a pattern of decline in responses about climate change attitudes generally.

7) Actual question asked was: "On this card are some statements people have made about climate change. Which of these statements, if any, comes closest to your own view?" Sample size: all respondents (3,054).

8) Sample size: all respondents 9,394.

9) Bell, S. et al. (2008) and Mitchell, R. and Popham, F. (2008) in Reid, S. & Curtice, J. (2010) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2009: Sustainable Places and Greenspace Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

10) SNH Commissioned Report 465

11) Scotland Performs - National Indicator

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