Governments should prioritise climate change despite economic concerns, poll finds

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More than 60 percent of respondents in France, Spain and Italy say governments should prioritise fighting global climate change despite competing concerns like inflation, the energy crisis or nuclear threats from Russia, according to a YouGov survey published Thursday.

Government action to curb global warming should be a top concern despite inflation, an energy crisis and nuclear sabre-rattling by Russia, according to a YouGov survey in wealthy nations published exclusively by AFP.

Carried out before the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the survey found that more than half of respondents in France, Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany and the United States said halting global warming should be a "key priority" regardless of the state of the economy.

Thirty percent said it should be "paused" so other problems can be addressed.

"This survey shows that there is far more common ground among the public when it comes to climate change and what to do about it, than what we often see on our TV screens and Twitter feeds," said Luke Tryl, British director for More in Common, a non-profit examining polarisation in society.

Protecting habitats and species from further damage was the second most common answer.


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