Snapshot: UK places less importance on climate crisis than other European countries

This mural of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg being engulfed by melting ice looms over a supermarket car park in Bristol, in the south-west of England.

Which is the more pressing crisis — the climate emergency or Cocid-19? (pic: Lee Pullen)
Which is the more pressing crisis — the climate emergency or Cocid-19? (pic: Lee Pullen)

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But, according to research published by Vattenfall in August, the UK is a clear outlier in the importance its people place on fighting global heating when compared with other countries in Europe.
In Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and France — the other nations covered in the survey — climate change was seen as the most serious problem facing the world today, ahead of pandemics, poverty, floods or droughts. Only the UK’s respondents rated the pandemic as the top threat.

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