The annual Climate of the Nation report has tracked Australian attitudes on climate change for over a decade.
Climate of the Nation 2019 is the second 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 points in the past two years (67% in 2017; 72% in 2018).
- 64% of Australians think Australia should have a national target for net zero emissions by 2050 (15% think it shouldn’t).
- 54% of Australians reject the idea that Australia should not act on climate change until other major emitters like the US and China do.
- 62% of Australians supports a levy on fossil fuel exports to help fund local adaptation to climate change.