November 3, 2015

High CO2 Emitters Are Less Intensely Concerned about Climate Change

High CO2 Emitters Are Less Intensely Concerned about Climate Change
High CO2 Emitters Are Less Intensely Concerned about Climate Change

Correlation: -0.54

* Concern about global climate change is measured using a three-item index ranging from 3-12, with 12 representing the most concerned about climate change. Respondents were coded as 4 if they believe climate change is a very serious problem; if they think climate change is harming people now; and if they say they are very concerned that climate change will harm them personally at some point in their lifetime. The mean score for each country is used in this analysis. (See Appendix for more details.)

Source: Spring 2015 Global Attitudes survey. Q32, Q41 & Q42. Data for CO2 emissions per capita from World Bank Data Bank, accessed August 5, 2015.