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Most Aussies believe human-induced climate change is real

LABOR has seized on a CSIRO report showing most Australians believe human-induced climate change is real, saying it shows the Turnbull Government was avoiding action.

The study released on Wednesday showed 78% of people believed climate change was real and about 60% of the effects were related to human activity.

It also showed 52% of Liberal voters thought climate change was real, but natural; 42% of Nationals voters, 31% of Labor voters and 17% of Greens voters also agreeing.

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has emphasised the role of science and renewable energy in climate change policy, few changes have been made since he took office.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said this week a change was the new Office of Climate Change and Renewables Innovation - after then-PM Tony Abbott dumped the Climate Change Department.

But the CSIRO study showed many Coalition voters remained sceptical of the role of humans in climate change activity.

Only 22% of Nationals voters and 28% of Liberal voters thought human activity was related to climate change, compared to 59% of Labor voters and 76% of Greens supporters.

But Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the Turnbull Government had done "nothing" to "make amends for the unconscionable behaviour of Tony Abbott".

He said given the report's findings, it showed "the Liberal Government isn't interested in taking meaningful action".

But Mr Hunt, asked in China this week whether "those (Abbott Government) days are over", said "you can have absolute confidence in support for the renewable energy target and more generally for renewable energy sector".

Despite approving what would be Australia's largest coal mine, Adani's Carmichael mine, Mr Hunt said "we are completely source blind in terms of the type of electricity supply".

Ahead of global talks in Paris to set carbon emissions targets, he told the audience China was "one of the indispensable pillars of a good global agreement".

Topics:  climate change csiro greg hunt malcolm turnbull


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