While President Barack Obama delivered a speech on Tuesday outlining his administration's plans to address climate change, the results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center showed that Americans are less concerned about the problem than others around the world.
The poll found that 40 percent of Americans see global climate change as a major threat to the country compared to the 54 percent recorded among all of the countries surveyed.
Pew noted that concerns about global climate change are particularly prevalent in Latin America, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Americans are among the least concerned about climate change along with those in China, the Czech Republic, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, 59 percent of Americans said North Korea's nuclear program is a major threat to the country. A majority of Americans also expressed concerns about Islamic extremists, Iran's nuclear program, and international financial instability.
The poll results were released a day before Obama delivered a speech at Georgetown University outlining his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it.
The Pew Research Center survey of 37,653 people was conducted March 2nd through May 1st and included respondents from 39 countries.
by RTT Staff Writer
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