Flooding Tops List of Climate Concerns
A survey of more than 2,000 people has found that flooding and sea level rise are their major concerns related to man-made climate change. The poll, conducted by ICM Unlimited for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, revealed that 57% of those asked were worried about global warming while flooding, sea level rise, extreme weather and drought were the major issues identified.
Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of energy and environment at Imeche, believes the results send a clear message to the government. “As we’ve seen in recent years, the UK is particularly susceptible to flooding and sea level rises, and this is something we are likely to see more of unless urgent action is taken to prevent and adapt to climate change,” she said. “With the UN climate change talks in Paris just four months away and speculation mounting over cuts to public spending, government needs to clarify how the UK will meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.”
When asked about the most effective methods to tackle man-made emissions, 25% of respondents said that switching to low carbon energy was the best solution, while 15% agreed that all electricity should be produced from renewable energy.
The results come at the same time as scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany released data to suggest that even if an efficient method is found to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the effect in terms of acidification on the world’s oceans is already irreversible.