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Hot political issues come in cycles. One year, politicians think people worry most about jobs and therefore launch big jobs and growth programmes, one year later the media and surveys tell them to concentrate on climate change.

So, the question is: will the current interest of politics in the global warming issue be a passing fad or will other topics rule again in the near future.

There might be some signs indeed that the mood might be shifting again, as an interesting Ipso/Mori survey picked up by the BBC today shows that nearly 60% of citizens still think scientists are unsure about climate change. Moreover, the survey suggests that “terrorism, graffiti, crime and dog mess were all of more concern than climate change”.

With the renewed fear of terrorist attacks after the events in the UK, I would not be surprised if the climate change issue will disappear slowly but surely from the politicians’ radar screen. Watch out Commission President Barroso. He seems to have a good nose for the newest trends 🙂“Public ‘in denial’ about climate change”

See also The Telegraph: “Public ‘in denial’ about climate change”

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  1. I’d be interested to see the framing of the question. Scientists themselves acknowledge doubt about particular findings, but the overall picture at this point is, in any meaningful sense of the term, virtually absolute. Our global climate is warming and becoming increasingly unpredictable. This will be a bigger issue before it becomes a smaller one.

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