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.
- ABC RN Breakfast | 4 of 5 Australians feeling climate change impact now, research shows
- SBS News | Majority of Australians think the climate is already changing, report shows
- Guardian Australia | Australians increasingly fear climate change-related drought and extinctions
- News.com.au | Climate of the Nation: What Aussies really think about climate change revealed
- ABC News | Climate change survey shows Australians want action on emissions, but are divided on nuclear
Australians increasingly fear climate change related drought and extinctions https://t.co/wIWwTGJMBd
— Guardian Australia (@GuardianAus) September 9, 2019
Survey says Australians want urgent action on climate change https://t.co/mVplpsSv2z
— ABC News (@abcnews) September 9, 2019
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