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Climate change code red: Now 90% of Londoners say they’re worried

Climate change code red: Now 90% of Londoners say they’re worried

Britons are ready to embrace the electric car revolution, according to an exclusive new poll — which also showed the vast majority of Londoners are “concerned” about climate change.

The Ipsos MORI survey for the Standard also highlighted public worries over widespread reluctance across the country for people to eat less meat, fly less and turn the heating down to combat global warming.

Just days after London was hit by flash floods, the poll also found that around nine in 10 in the capital and the wider South are now “concerned” about climate change.

Nearly three-quarters of adults in Britain believe global warming is already hitting the country. The findings came as the world was put on “code red” alert last week, with the publication of an alarming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warning of the pace and dangers of global warming. The poll showed:

A total of 57 per cent of adults think people in Britain are willing to buy electric cars rather than petrol or diesel to help to tackle climate change, compared with 26 per cent who took the opposite view, a net score of +31.

However, 61 per cent of people believe Britons are unwilling to take fewer flights, with just 22 per cent saying they are willing to do so, net result -39.

The figures for eating less meat were 48 per cent unwilling and 32 per cent willing, net finding -16.

For using central heating less it was 48 per cent unwilling and 31 per cent willing, net score -17.

About 65 per cent think people are willing to buy greener technology to combat global warming, such as environmentally-friendly heater systems, with 19 per cent unwilling, net result +46.

The view on cycling, walking or using public transport more instead of driving was more evenly split, with 42 per cent believing people would be willing and 37 per cent saying unwilling, net score +5.