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Kiwis underwhelmed by lack of climate change action

Kiwis want the government and business to do more about climate change – and most of all, we think other countries should be pulling their weight.
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Kiwis want the government and business to do more about climate change – and most of all, we think other countries should be pulling their weight.


A HorizonPoll for Carbon News with a margin of error of 1.8 percent has found 67.5 percent of respondents want businesses to do more to address global warming.

The poll of 2829 New Zealanders aged 18-plus, taken between July 5-16, also makes a strong case for more political action, with more than 60 percent saying the government should be doing more on climate change.

The news isn’t good for prime minister John Key, with a quarter saying he should do more, and a third who believe he should do much more.

But the strongest call is for other countries to take action. In response to the question “who should act on global warming”, nearly three-quarters said other countries should be doing more or much more.

Just 4.5 percent of respondents said other countries were doing “the right amount” on global warming.