Only 38% of Israelis See Global Warming as Major Threat, Study Finds

Nearly half of Israelis view climate change as a minor threat or not a threat at all, a study by the Pew Research Center finds

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In a study on how climate change is viewed globally, Israel was found to be the least concerned country out of twenty-six countries surveyed, the Pew Research Center pointed out in analysis of its 2018 findings published Thursday ahead of Earth Day on April 22.

The study found that only 38 percent of Israelis said they consider climate change a major threat.

Among the countries ranked the most concerned, 90 percent of Greeks said they view climate change as a major threat, with South Korea at 86 percent and France at 83 percent.

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Ranked at the bottom of the list was Russia at 43 percent and Nigeria at 41 percent, both just above Israel.

While only 38 percent of Israelis said they view climate change as a threat, 40 percent said climate change is a minor threat and 18 percent said it's not a threat at all.

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Despite a low level of concern in Israel, the Pew Research Center found a significant global increase in concern over climate change since 2013.

According to the study, about six in ten Americans said they see climate change as a major threat. The study further notes that education, gender and age are all factors that impact the attitude expressed by people toward the phenomenon. In some countries, the study found, women and younger people tended to display more worry over the trend.

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