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Patch's Poll: Is Climate Change a Top Environmental Concern For You?

A new poll shows the number of people who put global warming at the top of the list of pressing environmental issues has dropped.

Just as a massive heat wave blasted the United States last week and triple-digit temperature records were set across the east coast, a new poll released this week shows that climate change is no longer the number one environmental concern among Americans.

According to the Washington Post-Stanford University poll, just 18 percent of responders name climate change as their top environmental concern, while 29 percent identify water and air pollution as their most concerning environmental issue.

By comparison, 33 percent said climate change was their top concern in 2007, the poll notes.

But, as the poll notes, nearly 75 percent of Americans say the Earth is warming and nearly as many say the U.S. government should do something about it.

This week, a massive derecho storm pummeled much of the mid-Atlantic, and 1.8 million people are still without power, according to Yahoo! News.

Also, 3,215 daily high temperature records were set in the month of June, according to The Associated Press.

Is climate change a top issue for you? Take our poll and share your thoughts in our comments section.

Patty Pendericed July 03, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Also a top environmental concern is construction and people ruining the Rockland Nature Preserve in North Madiosn.
dave July 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
man made climate change is a myth. the only constant of the earths climate is change. john coleman, founder of the weather chanel can explain it better than i.http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=john+coleman+global+warming&oq=john+coleman&gs_l=youtube.1.2.0l10.2505.5955.0.8223.12.9.0.3.3.0.251.1203.3j5j1.9.0...0.0.z4zq8zO2WaE
dave July 03, 2012 at 09:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk8SSqc7ekM
Joe MacDougald July 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Absolutely! We are living in a remarkable time where we can begin to see the very changes that have been predicted for years. As a coastal town, we are uniquely exposed to a variety of climate risks. Climate Change is rapidly moving from a discussion among nations for mitigation, to a practical discussion among municipalities revolving around - what can we do to protect our citizens and their property as the world shifts.
Bion Shepard July 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Whether it's man made or naturally cyclical doesn't matter. It's still a fact that should be in ou planning.
allahbakash July 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
GLOBAL WARMING IS A VERY CONCERNING MATTER. THIS MUST BE STOPED AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL ECOLOGYMUST BE MAAINTAINED TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE
dave July 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
you people need to stop listening to the environmental extremists!!! the earth has been cooling!! research it!!!http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/05/31/sorry-global-warming-alarmists-the-earth-is-cooling/ http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2010/12/15/nasa-says-earth-is-entering-a-cooling-period/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk8SSqc7ekM
DisgruntledInClinton July 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
A hoax that Al Gore made hundreds of millions of dollars off of. Then "green" Al goes out a buys a huge mansion, a fleet of limos that waste gas, and travels all over the world leaving his sooty imprint.
victor nuzzo July 05, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Anyone ready to stop driving your car?? Didn't think so,I guess we are all smokers!! Give some thought to it,second hand smoke from smokers,and what about that second hand smoke from driving. But that won't affect our breathing. Let's all toast to our stupidity and at the time when we can't breath our last breath,loath the fact that it was more important to drive than to sustain the future of our children!! How Pathetic we are
Daniel Rejto July 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I'm part of a group of bike riders who are touring New England meeting with community residents, organizations and leaders about transitioning to more sustainable energy sources. We will be in Clinton between July 16th and the 22nd and would love to meet with you and all others who are interested. If you email me at danrejto@gmail.com I'll let you know about any events we're planning and we can try to find a good time to meet. www.climatesummer.net
Daniel Rejto July 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I'm part of a group of bike riders who are touring New England meeting with community residents, organizations and leaders about transitioning to more sustainable energy sources. We will be in Clinton between July 16th and the 22nd and would love to meet with you and all others who are interested. If you email me at danrejto@gmail.com I'll let you know about any events we're planning and we can try to find a good time to meet. www.climatesummer.net
Daniel Rejto July 09, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I'm part of a group of climate activists who are traveling around New England exclusively BY BIKE, meeting with community residents, organizations and leaders about transitioning to more sustainable energy sources. We will be in Clinton between July 16th and the 22nd. If you are interested, I would love to tell you more about any events we are organizing in Clinton and would also like to arrange a time to meet with you and others. danrejto@gmail.com www.climatesummer.net

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