Belief in manmade climate change at 10-year high

The British public’s belief in manmade climate change rose significantly last year to its highest level since 2005, finds a study released today. The study by Cardiff University looked at public opinion […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The British public’s belief in manmade climate change rose significantly last year to its highest level since 2005, finds a study released today.

The study by Cardiff University looked at public opinion on climate change against a backdrop of flooding experienced in winter 2013/14.

Professor Nick Pidgeon from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, who led the research team said: “Our findings demonstrate that an association between last year’s winter flooding and climate change has been forming in the minds of many ordinary people in Britain, who also view these events as a sign of things to come.

“Perhaps we should now ask whether it is time to banish climate scepticism once and for all, and for scientists to be more decisive in demonstrating how our weather will become more extreme in the future if we do not act on climate change.”

Experts said this shows Brits are just as worried about global warming as they are about other political issues.

Richard Black, Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: “This study clearly shows that people recognise the climate is changing and are as concerned about it as they are about crime and education.”