Climate of the Nation 2019

The annual Climate of the Nation report has tracked Australian attitudes on climate change for more than a decade.

This is the second Climate of the Nation report produced by The Australia Institute, continuing the work of the Climate Institute (2007-2017).

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  • 81% of Australians are concerned that climate change will result in more droughts and flooding (up from 78% in 2018)

 

  • 78% of Australians are concerned climate change will lead to water shortages in our cities, an eleven percentage point increase in the past two years (67% in 2017; 72% in 2018).

 

  • 54% of Australians reject the idea that Australia should not act on climate change until other major emitters like the US and China do (25% agree we should not act, 21% neutral/don't know)

 

  • 62% of Australians supports a levy on fossil fuel exports to help fund local adaptation to climate change.

 

  • 64% of Australians think Australia should have a national target for net zero emissions by 2050 (15% think it shouldn’t).

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76% of Australians are concerned about climate change resulting in more bushfires. Image of raging bushifre in background Image of sheep in a dry paddock, text: 81% of Australians are concerned about climate change resulting in more droughts and flooding affecting crop production and food supply, up from 78% in 2018
Image of telegraph pole with wires in background. Text title: Who is to blame for increasing electricity prices? 57% excessive profit margins of electricity companies, 55% privatisation of elctricity generation and suply, 43% federal government policy uncertainty Image: huge open cut coal pit with big yellow truck. Text: 68% of Australians agree the Government should plan for an orderly phase-out of coal so that workers and communities can be prepared

 

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