Brits Turns Skeptical on Global Warming

Only 26% believe in man-made climate change
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2010 11:48 AM CDT
Brits Turns Skeptical on Global Warming
Campaigners wave a flag to call for action against the climate change, from the roof of the Houses of the Parliament in central London, with Big Ben's clock tower in background, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

Britain is suddenly a nation of climate skeptics. In a February poll, just 26% agreed that “climate change is happening now and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41% as recently as November 2009, the New York Times reports. The sudden plunge is probably due in part to the so-called “climategate” emails, heavily covered by the UK media, and in part to the seemingly cold winter.

Of course, two independent panels have found that the “climategate” emailers didn't intentionally distort any data, and the winter was actually the fifth warmest on record, globally. But the perception persists, and has made climate change a non-starter politically. David Cameron barely touched the issue in his campaign, and in a poll, conservative lawmakers ranked it as their bottom priority. (More climate change stories.)

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