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Australians see coronavirus, climate change as an equal threat

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A new survey shows a majority of Australians believe climate change is as serious a threat as the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the proportion who think that’s the case, 59 per cent, is far below the global average of 71 per cent.

AAP Newsagency reports the findings were released today in an Ipsos poll of 28,000 people spanning 14 countries.

Two-thirds of people across the globe believe it’s important for climate change to be prioritised in the economic recovery after COVID-19, compared to about 57 per cent of Australians, the survey found.

The findings came as opposition Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese said he was hopeful the conservative Liberal-National government’s faith in science on coronavirus would translate to more action on climate change.

The federal Labor leader said the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison had backed expert opinion on the disease during the pandemic.

“I hope that that translates into other issues beyond medical science, into environmental science, into listening to what the scientists are telling us about the need to act on climate change,” he told ABC News.

AAP reports the Ipsos survey also shows Australians are concerned about dealing with the amount of waste generated, with 37 per cent naming it as a top three environmental issue.

Australians are also worried about future energy sources and supplies with 29 per cent putting it in their top three and wildlife conservation, which concerned 25 per cent.

That result makes Australia the most concerned about wildlife conservation out of the countries surveyed.

The online survey was conducted in April, months after more than one billion animals were estimated to have perished in the devastating summer bushfires.

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