Only 2% of Canadians Now Deny Climate Change

Written by Brian Merchant

Canucks seem to have a sharper grasp of climate science than their southern neighbors. Here’s the Globe and Mail, the nation’s top, conservative-leaning paper:

Only 2 per cent of Canadians who responded to a new opinion poll believe climate change is not occurring …

“Our survey indicates that Canadians from coast to coast overwhelmingly believe climate change is real and is occurring, at least in part due to human activity,” said centre CEO Carmen Dybwad.

That is, as any North American climate watcher knows, a colossally low number. And large margins are right on when it comes to the science, too:

  • 32% said they believe climate change is happening because of human activity
  • 54% said they believe it’s because of human activity and partially due to natural climate variation
  • 9% believe climate change is occurring due to natural climate variation
  • 2% per cent said they don’t believe climate change is occurring at all

The latest U.S. poll on climate belief shows that, thanks largely to the recent spate of heat waves and drought, 70% of Americans believe that climate change is occurring, while 16% do not.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Sydney Myers
Sydney M5 years ago

It's unbelievable that as North America is currently experiencing the HOTTEST summer on record, that there is "anyone" who still denies this phenomenon. Then again, 2% isn't so bad when compared to how many Americans still don't want to believe reality.....

Elaine McAuliffe
Elaine McAuliffe5 years ago

The biggest problem we have here about climate info is the influence of the Koch brothers and their tea bagger buddies. They are the ones spreading lies about everything from climate change to politics.

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

Some people still deny climate change...?!

Dennis Warren

ken g., you just negated your own argument (or delusional theory, I should call it) by stating that by clearing jungles, rain forests and native vegetation we do more harm than CO2 emissions. Where do you think the CO2 emitted goes without jungles, rain forests and native vegetation to suck it up and release O2 in exchange?!?! It goes into the atmosphere, where it helps to create global climate change!! Arctic sea ice is disappearing, along with glaciers, and the feed back loop is exceeding even the computer models from just a few years ago. It's real, it's happening today, and deniers like you will still have your heads up your asses as you take your last dying breath.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

To those who still don't believe, it is time to give your heads a shake and look around you and to realize that human activity is responsible for climate change!

Kandice B.
Kandice B5 years ago

American's need to follow Canada's lead on this...and wake up before it's too late.

Karen Friedman
karen F5 years ago

Maybe the Canadians are't brainwashed like their neighbor the US. They also have universal health care and it hasn't killed their country, like the Repubtea party want us to believe.

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

nice to see some people have removed their blinders.

Ken G.
Ken Goldsmith5 years ago

63% (54% 9%, for those who can't work it out for themselves) say that climate change is not totally man made. The questions were written to achieve the 86% who think man is the main cause. Who responds to opinion polls? Zealots.
The climate has changed previous to man's supposed ability to affect it: the Roman Warming, the Medieval Warm Period, and the Little Ice Age, are the better known, relatively recent examples. All readily researchable. Do some research, and THINK, for yourself. Go on, I dare you!
Carbon Dioxide DOES cause warming, but it is by an insignificant amount. We do more harm to the planet, in many ways including climate, by clearing jungles, rainforests, and native vegetation, than is caused by our CO2 emissions. This CO2 scam is just such a WASTE!

Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago

A shame then that the 2% seem to make up the Canadian government these days.

Still, it's progress and gives us hope for days to come. Thanks for posting.