Perceived risk of climate change higher among the poor

A really interesting article came out in Nature Climate Change yesterday which reveals that people in poorer countries perceive climate change to be a greater threat than those in rich countries. For example, only just over 50% of people in Australia believe climate change to be a threat, compared to over 90% in every country in South America. Here’s a link to the paper below, followed by a link to what the Guardian has to say on it:

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2728.html

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/28/climate-change-worlds-wealthiest-understand-but-only-half-see-it-as-threat

This highlights the importance of climate justice i.e. the issue that climate change will have a disproportionate effect on the poor. Once again, the Guardian has a great piece on the areas most effected by climate change, which includes a nice graph illustrating how climate change indicators have changed since 1950, showing that the most dramatic changes have taken place in Africa. Here’s the graph, followed by the link:

Climate change

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/31/climate-change-poor-suffer-most-un-report

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