Only 13 per cent of Republicans believe humans cause global warming in new poll

Thu, 2007-02-08 09:47Bill Miller
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Only 13 per cent of Republicans believe humans cause global warming in new poll

In April 2006, National Journal polled members on both sides of the aisle whether they believed global warming is man made and 98 per cent of Democrats said yes versus 23 per cent of Republicans. When the magazine asked the same question last week , only 13 per cent of congressional Republicans answered yes compared with 95 per cent of Democrats.

Meanwhile, the leading international network of climate scientists has concluded for the first time that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

They said the world was in for centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas and shifting weather patterns — unavoidable results of the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. But the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also said warming and its harmful consequences could be substantially mitigated by prompt action.

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Matthew Nisbet has a good take on the results here:
Is this the same report that stated that cattle flatulence was responsible for Global warming that came out of the UN? A United Nations report has identified the world’s rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs. The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow, also surveys the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs and goats. But in almost every case, the world’s 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

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