People are more concerned about the effects of climate change than the potential dangers of AI on the world.
A majority of people associate climate change with socio-economic impacts such as aggravated poverty, limited access to water and food, and economic issues.
While a majority says the shift will have a positive impact on them and their family, this proportion is significantly smaller than those who say the shift is needed
The general public widely supports a range of solutions that address climate change and protect nature. Together with nature-based solutions like protecting forests, people are most supportive of education on climate change and shifting to agricultural practices that protect nature.
Majority of people believe that governments, followed by companies and international bodies, are the most responsible for addressing climate change.
Nine in ten people across the world say that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is a serious global problem. Globally, people tend to be more concerned about this than several other problems such as the economy or the gap between rich and poor. Concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has remained consistent between 2021 and 2023, with 56 percent of the global public saying it is a very serious issue and another 34 percent saying it is somewhat serious. … “Insight of the Week: Ninety Percent of People Globally Believe Deforestation in the Amazon is a Serious Issue”
As we pass Earth Overshoot Day on August 2nd, the day when humanity has collectively used more resources than Earth can generate for the whole year, we are reminded that our overuse of natural resources is a continuous threat to the planet.
As temperatures rise around the world, nearly two-thirds of the global public that feel personally affected by climate change say they experience it through extreme heat. Many also connect climate change with their experiences of increasing food prices, followed by drought and diseases. Extreme heat is the most-perceived effect of climate change in Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America, while food price increases is the most-perceived effect by those surveyed in Africa.
Over the last few years there has been a slow but steady increase in people taking action to reduce the amount of plastic waste in their daily lives. In most of the countries that produce the highest amount of plastic waste, including the USA, India, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany, the UK, Mexico, and Japan, people are now more likely than before the pandemic to say they frequently avoid plastic items that will only be used once. Recycling and people using their … “Insight of the Week: Global Consumer Actions to Reduce Plastic Waste Surpass Pre-pandemic Levels”
People in Brazil are overwhelmingly concerned about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, with nearly three-quarters expressing serious concern while 22 percent say the situation is “somewhat serious.” Women, those with low or average incomes, and people living in rural areas are most concerned. Cattle ranching, agriculture, and legal and illegal timber logging are significant drivers of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.1 Despite efforts by the new government in Brazil to change course, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest continues to increase.2 … “Insight of the Week: 74% of Brazilians Say Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest Is a “Very Serious” Issue”