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Patch's Poll: Is Climate Change a Top Environmental Concern For You?

A new poll shows the number of people who put global warming at the top of the list of pressing environmental issues has dropped.

 

Just as a massive heat wave blasted the United States last week and triple-digit temperature records were set across the east coast, a new poll released this week shows that climate change is no longer the number one environmental concern among Americans.

According to the Washington Post-Stanford University poll, just 18 percent of responders name climate change as their top environmental concern, while 29 percent identify water and air pollution as their most concerning environmental issue.

By comparison, 33 percent said climate change was their top concern in 2007, the poll notes.

But, as the poll notes, nearly 75 percent of Americans say the Earth is warming and nearly as many say the U.S. government should do something about it.

This week, a massive derecho storm pummeled much of the mid-Atlantic, and 1.8 million people are still without power, according to Yahoo! News. Also, 3,215 daily high temperature records were set in the month of June, according to The Associated Press.

Is climate change a top issue for you? Take our poll and share your thoughts in our comments section.

Themoonski July 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
There is a fallacy amongst the people that global warming is a hoax. Global warming is not a hoax. It is both a scam and a hoax. Depending which so called "scientist" you talk to. The truth is Global warming is real, it's just not our fault. The human race has helped on a small scale to accelerate what is a natural phase of the earths existence. if you look back at the geothermal history of the planet we are due for upturn in global temperatures. Unfortunately human beings have made the event more pronounced with our abuse of the ozone and the increase of greenhouse gases but make no mistake, it was coming anyway. Anyone who would prefer to listen to the doomsayers and proclaim us the defilers of the earth go ahead and google search the time magazine from the seventies that proclaimed we were in "the next ice age".
Michael Casteel July 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I will laugh when the idiots on here denying global warming are swimming to their home. I have yet to meet someone who has passed a class in differential equations and a couple college courses in chemistry and physics who doesn't know global warming is real. It is not very complicated. Mankind is releasing stunning quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere. In addition the amount of energy we are adding to the planet in the form of heat is becoming significant. The "scientists" the deniers use to claim 2% of scientists disagree about global warming are fools with degrees in psychology, dentists, etc. Not physicists, engineers, chemists, biologists, etc. The current heat wave may in fact be part of an unrelated fluctuation in WEATHER, but make no mistake, CLIMATE change is real and it is happening. If you want to understand the science, read Kim Stanley Robinson's fictional trilogy that starts with "40 Signs of Rain." And ironically - global warming may trigger an ice age in the Northern Hemisphere.
Thomas Cornick July 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
The Earth has developed a fever which should resolve itself once it rids itself of a few billion parasites.
Joel July 06, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Why do you have to start your comment with name calling? A little civility please.
George Lazare July 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I believe that global warming is a natural process that has been going on for thousands of years. The glaciers that dipped into Ct and have since receeded 1000's of miles is evidence of this. All this happened before man was present on our earth. I think it is entirely possible that man may have accelerated this process slightly with his pollutants over the years, but it would have happened anyway. Humans have no way of altering the earths evolution but we should at least try to minimize the small effect we have on this by reducing our carbon foot print.

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