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(12/17/09) -

Climate Change a Threat for Most Canadians

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Two-in-five adults in Canada believe global warming will significantly impact their life and the life of future generations, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 40 per cent of respondents feel this way about the effect of climate change.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Two-in-five adults in Canada believe global warming will significantly impact their life and the life of future generations, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 40 per cent of respondents feel this way about the effect of climate change.

In addition, 36 per cent of respondents expect global warming to exclusively impact the lives of future generations.

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 2007, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report which states that global warming has been "very likely"—or 90 per cent certain—caused by humans burning fossil fuels.

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.

The Copenhagen Climate Change Summit is scheduled to take place from Dec. 7 to Dec. 18. Countries attending the summit are supposed to draft a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has said he will attend the summit.

Yesterday, Canadian environment minister Jim Prentice discussed the current state of affairs in Copenhagen, saying, "Canada’s position is that we will reduce our emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. That position by Canada is not the issue that is a barrier at this point in time. (…) We’re here to negotiate. We want to see a deal, but we have to have a process that we can move forward with and time is passing by."

Polling Data

Which of these statements comes closest to your own point of view on the effect of global warming (or climate change)?

Global warming will significantly impact my life and the life of future generations

40%

Global warming will not significantly impact my life, but the life of future generations.

36%

Global warming will exclusively impact the life of future generations

9%

Global warming will have no impact in my life or the life of future generations

7%

Not sure

7%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,001 American adults, conducted on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, 2009. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)