Gallup surveys in 111 countries in 2010 find Americans and Europeans feeling substantially less threatened by climate change than they did a few years ago, while more Latin Americans and sub-Saharan Africans see themselves at risk.
Only 53% of Americans currently view climate change as a serious personal threat, down from 63% in previous years.
So, what this mean?
The feuding between rich and poor nations at climate talks in Bangkok in April demonstrates the obstacles that remain before the world can agree on a climate policy. Gallup’s data show that fewer Americans and Europeans, whose nations are central players in these talks, feel threatened by global warming today than they did in recent years. However, majorities in many of these countries still see climate change as a serious threat, which means the issue remains personally important to them.
Global warming and climate change have been the cause de celebre in recent years – spurred by former Democratic Vice President Al Gore.
Looks to me that the science has caught up with the hype and Americans are beginning to understand the difference.