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Research released by Australia's CSIRO presents a different picture for the wider Australian community. Over a five year period from 2010-2014, CSIRO conducted a longitudinal survey of 17,493 Australians to assess the ways in which they think about climate change and what steps they are taking to mitigate its effect on their lives. A dozen of the key findings are summarised below:
- Just under 80% of respondents thought that climate change was happening;
- On average, respondents predicted that around 23% of Australians were of the opinion that climate change was not happening when only around 8% of the respondents actually had that opinion;
- Opinions on climate change are not related to demographic differences - age, gender and education accounted for little, if any differences, of opinion;
- Those who believe in climate change based their opinions on scientific research and very few selected 'politicans and government' or 'news and media' as sources for their opinion;
- People's opinions about climate change are related to voting behaviour but more strongly related to environmental worldview;
- Most people expect temperatures to rise in their region;
- People think extreme climate and weather events will. increase in intensity and frequency in the future;
- People report being less able to cope with bushfires and storms if they occur in the future;
- There is broad support for a wide range of adaptation initiatives with most support given to renewable energy resource, protection form invasive species, increased investment in public transport and restrictions on development in vulnerable areas.
- Least support was given to investment in nuclear power stations.
- People trust university scientists the most to provide truthful information on climate change. Oil companies and car companies were trusted the least.
- The strongest emotions associated with climate change are negative but there is a sense of hope with climate-relevant behaviour.
The report from the CSIRO can be accessed at the link below: