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(06/10/07) -

Global Warming a Major Concern in Japan

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A vast majority of people in Japan are worried about climate change, according to a poll by Yomiuri. 71 per cent of respondents say they are concerned about global warming.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A vast majority of people in Japan are worried about climate change, according to a poll by Yomiuri. 71 per cent of respondents say they are concerned about global warming.

Damage to the ozone layer is second on the list of worries with 47 per cent, followed by chemical pollution with 43 per cent, and the contamination of rivers, lake and oceans with 41 per cent.

The term global warming refers to an increase of the Earth’s average temperature. Some theories say that climate change might be the result of human-generated carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

In 1998, several countries agreed to the Kyoto Protocol, a proposed amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The agreement commits nations to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Japan ratified the protocol in 2002.

On Jun. 7, the leaders of the G-8 group of industrialized countries committed during their annual summit to make efforts to significantly reduce their countries’ output of greenhouse gases by 2050.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe praised the deal, and said his country will find more ways to force countries to reduce their emissions, declaring, “The European Union (EU) and Japan are committed to take strong leadership towards the development of a fair, flexible, effective and comprehensive United Nations (UN) post-2012 framework that ensures the participation of all major emitting countries.”

Polling Data

Are you concerned about the following environmental problems?
(Several answers allowed)

Global warming

71%

Damage to the ozone layer

47%

Chemical pollution

43%

Contamination of rivers, lake and oceans

41%

Source: Yomiuri
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,600 Japanese adults, conducted on May 19 and May 20, 2007. No margin of error was provided.