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Reports & guides | 1 March 2017

European perceptions of climate change: topline findings

Evidence of clear public support for action on climate change is critical to create the political will for a shift to a low carbon society – and that is just what a major new European survey provides.

The ‘European Perceptions of Climate Change’ (EPCC) project is led by Cardiff University in collaboration with academic teams from four European countries (UK, Germany, France and Norway) and Climate Outreach.

The topline findings of the survey highlight that clear majorities in these four European countries support using public money to prepare now for the impacts of climate change, to help developing nations cope with extreme weather, and to subsidise renewable energy sources.

The survey was informed by the first EPCC report which contains socio-political profiles of the countries involved, and is followed by a final report which provides recommendations for public engagement.

The report was launched at an event at the Royal Society in London (starts at 17 min):

Media coverage of these EPCC survey results includes:

New Scientist: Most people don’t know climate change is entirely human-made

The Guardian: Climate change impacts are already hitting us, say Europeans

Carbon Brief: Video – Prof Nick Pidgeon on European perceptions about climate change

Thompson Reuters Foundation: Climate change may drive more migration in future, Europeans say

Bloomberg: French Worry More About Climate Change Than Neighbors Do

Energy Voice: UK less concerned about climate change than European neighbours, survey shows

Clean Energy Wire: Germans “surprisingly” climate-sceptic

BT: UK less concerned about climate change than European neighbours, survey shows

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