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Belief In Man-Made Climate Change Collapses In Britain & Germany

Posted By admin On May 25, 2010 @ 4:25 am In Featured Stories,Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Climate Fears Turn to Doubts Among Britons

ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
NY Times
May 25, 2010

Last month hundreds of environmental activists crammed into an auditorium here to ponder an anguished question: If the scientific consensus on climate change has not changed, why have so many people turned away from the idea that human activity is warming the planet?

Nowhere has this shift in public opinion been more striking than in Britain, where climate change was until this year such a popular priority that in 2008 Parliament enshrined targets for emissions cuts as national law. But since then, the country has evolved into a home base for a thriving group of climate skeptics who have dominated news reports in recent months, apparently convincing many that the threat of warming is vastly exaggerated.

A survey in February by the BBC [1] found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that “climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41 percent in November 2009. A poll [2] conducted for the German magazine Der Spiegel found that 42 percent of Germans feared global warming, down from 62 percent four years earlier.

And London’s Science Museum [3] recently announced that a permanent exhibit scheduled to open later this year would be called the Climate Science Gallery — not the Climate Change Gallery as had previously been planned.

Full article here [4]

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[1] survey in February by the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8500443.stm

[2] poll: http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,685946,00.html

[3] Science Museum: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

[4] Full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/science/earth/25climate.html

[5] Image: http://infowars-shop.stores.yahoo.net/post4rioffe.html

[6] Climate change belief given same legal status as religion: http://www.prisonplanet.com/climate-change-belief-given-same-legal-status-as-religion.html

[7] UK: Number Of Climate Change Skeptics Doubles: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-number-of-climate-change-skeptics-doubles.html

[8] Climate Minister: Britons Are ‘Inherently Sceptical’ Of Climate Science And Politics: http://www.prisonplanet.com/climate-minister-britons-are-%e2%80%98inherently-sceptical%e2%80%99-of-climate-science-and-politics.html

[9] Environment minister Sammy Wilson: I still think man-made climate change is a con: http://www.prisonplanet.com/environment-minister-sammy-wilson-i-still-think-man-made-climate-change-is-a-con.html

[10] Public scepticism prompts London Science Museum to rename climate exhibition: http://www.prisonplanet.com/public-scepticism-prompts-london-science-museum-to-rename-climate-exhibition.html

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