Climate of the Nation 2019 wrap


The annual Climate of the Nation report has tracked Australian attitudes on climate change for more than a decade.

This is the second Climate of the Nation report produced by The Australia Institute, continuing the work of the Climate Institute (2007-2017).

Key findings include:

  • 81% of Australians are concerned that climate change will result in more droughts and flooding (up from 78% in 2018)
  • 78% of Australians are concerned climate change will lead to water shortages in our cities, an eleven percentage point increase in the past two years (67% in 2017; 72% in 2018).
  • 54% of Australians reject the idea that Australia should not act on climate change until other major emitters like the US and China do (25% agree we should not act, 21% neutral/don’t know)
  • 62% of Australians supports a levy on fossil fuel exports to help fund local adaptation to climate change.
  • 64% of Australians think Australia should have a national target for net zero emissions by 2050 (15% think it shouldn’t).

Download Climate of the Nation 2019 report.

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