ALMOST three quarters of people believe global warming is a ‘natural occurrence’ and not a result of carbon emissions, a survey claimed today.
This goes against the views of the vast majority of scientists who believe the rise in the earth’s temperatures is due to pollution.
The online study which polled nearly 4000 votes found that a staggering 71 percent of people think that the rise in air temperature happens naturally.
And 65 percent think that scientists’ catastrophic predictions if pollution isn’t curbed are ‘far fetched’.
Emma Hardcastle, publisher at Pocket Issue which carried out the research, said: “If 71% of people feel that Man has nothing to do with the recent change in our climate then those same people are not going to buy into any movement to reduce their carbon footprint.
“We need to make it clear that there is nothing natural about the significant rise in both carbon emissions and global temperatures since the industrial revolution.
“Pocket Issue’s brief is to help people to understand the facts, encouraging them to click through to a carbon counter as a result.
“Pocket Issue feel that the poll highlights the need for government and influential bodies to concentrate on getting the public to understand the facts about global warming and ‘why’ rather than ‘how’ they should reduce their carbon footprint.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which represents most scientists, stated earlier that the increase in global temperatures is ‘very likely due to the observed increase of man-made greenhouse gas concentrations’.
They define very likely as ‘more than 90 percent certain’.