As Earth’s temperature rises, Massachusetts residents’ sense of urgency on climate change declines – The Boston Globe

by | Apr 19, 2022 | Climate Change

Despite increasingly urgent international warnings and an onslaught of catastrophic wildfires and weather linked to global warming, fewer Massachusetts residents see the climate crisis as a very serious concern than they did three years ago, according to a new poll.It’s not that respondents weren’t aware of the climate threat; a large majority acknowledged that symptoms of the crisis such as increased flooding, extreme heat waves, and more powerful storms are either already happening or very likely within five years, according to the poll, a collaboration of The Boston Globe and The MassINC Polling Group. And more than three quarters called climate change a “very serious” or “serious” concern.”AdvertisementBut with a pandemic and war in Ukraine as a backdrop, fewer than half, 48 percent, ranked climate in the highest category of concern, down from 53 percent in 2019, the last time the poll was taken. Less than half said they would vote along climate lines or take steps such as switching their home heat off fossil fuel.“Climate change is the kind of issue where people still think they can put it off on the back burner of their minds, especially when they’re dealing with COVID, when they’re dealing with inflation, when they’re dealing with all kinds of other terrible things in the world,” said Richard Parr, research director with The MassINC Polling Group.MassINC polled 1,890 Massachusetts residents between March 23 and April 5. The poll was sponsored by the Barr Foundation and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percent. (The foundation provides grant support for a Globe education project, The Great Divide.)Many more Democrats than Republicans ranked climate as a very serious issue, 62 percent com …

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