Volume No. 10 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 1-6 July-September 2015

 

PERCEPTION ON AND KNOWLEDGE LEVEL OF CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES AMONG EDUCATED ADULTS IN CHENNAI CITY, INDIA

 

Nirmala T.* and Arul Aram I.

Department of Chemistry, Anna University, Chennai (INDIA)

 

Received on : March 11, 2015

 

ABSTRACT

 

The average temperature of the Earth has been increasing drastically after the start of industrialisation in 1750 which hassled too many environmental changes. The excessive use of fossil fuels for development has put excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere thus warming up the globe. Climate change is a serious issue addressed at the national and international levels by many organizations. Climate change is a change in weather patterns over many decades around the world. In the last century alone temperature has risen by 0.74oC. The climate change issues are often covered in the media, still there is a lack of knowledge and awareness among the educated adults. Misconceptions and misunderstanding abound in climate change issues. This study examined the perception on and knowledge of climate change among educated adults in Chennai. Chennai was chosen for the study as it is one among the four metropolitan cities of India and it is especially vulnerable to climate change, particularly sea level rise and sea ingression, it being a coastal city. A questionnaire was administered to collect data on the perception of adults on and knowledge of climate change. Respondents to the questionnaire were selected through stratified random sampling technique. The study also looked into the information sources of climate change issues among educated adults.

 

Keywords : Climate change, Perception, Knowledge, Chennai, Educated adults

 

 

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