Australia is the most skeptical country in the world about environmental issues, with one in five Australians disbelieving in climate change, suggests a recent study conducted by the University of Tasmania.
The research found that almost 17 percent of Australians did not believe in climate change, followed by 15 percent of people in Norway, 13 percent in New Zealand and 12 percent of Americans.
It also found that people in countries with higher carbon emissions, like the United States, Australia and Norway, which occupied the top slot on the list, were more likely to be skeptical of environmental issues. On the other hand, countries with the highest environmental concern included Canada and Switzerland.
The research was published in the journal, Global Environment Change
, and surveyed nearly 20,000 people in 14 industrialized countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the U.K. It was based on data collected through the International Social Survey Program in 2010 and 2011.