Knowledge of climate change declines

People’s confidence in their understanding of climate change seems to have fallen in the past two years, according to a poll

People’s confidence in their understanding of climate change seems to have fallen in the past two years, according to a poll for the environment department (DEFRA).

In 2009, 61% said they knew “a lot” or “a fair amount” about the subject; by March 2011 that had fallen to 44%.

Those claiming to know a lot, a fair amount or just a little, fell from 94% to 88%. The percentage who said they knew at least something about biodiversity rose from 44% to 48% between 2009 and 2011.

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