Opinion: Brazilians’ Diffident Attitude towards Climate Change

In Brazil, wildfires are rare, blizzards and hurricanes non-existent, melting polar ice caps and Himalayan glaciers seem far removed; the immense, intensely verdant Amazon is ours, photosynthetically and protectively oxygenizing the country.

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, BRAZIL - A recent DataFolha poll indicates that some 85 percent of Brazilians believe in global warming, and some 72 percent believe that humans contribute to warming. But of those who believe in climate change, only 28 percent said they were well informed on the subject. In short, most Brazilians are not aware of, nor fully engaged with, the question of climate change.

Why this lack of engagement? One reason is that climate . . .

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