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How much does climate change worry Upstate NY’s big counties? – syracuse.com

Attitudes about climate change can vary drastically from county to county, according to a recent report from Stacker, and that fact is obvious in New York.

Levels of concern about a changing climate range from far below the statewide average in some Upstate New York counties to above it in some Downstate places.

Below is a look at the levels of concern in Upstate New York’s four biggest counties. The numbers refer to each county’s rank on Stacker’s statewide list.

No. 20. Onondaga County: Worried about global warming: 67.1% (6.5% lower than New York average)

  • Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 68.4%
  • Think global warming will harm them personally: 44.5%- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.1%
  • Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.0%
  • Total population: 363,788 people

No. 19. Erie County: Worried about global warming: 67.1% (6.5% lower than New York average)

  • – Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 72.8%
  • – Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.1%- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.7%
  • – Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.5%
  • – Total population: 731,784 people

#13. Monroe County: Worried about global warming: 69.5% (4.1% lower than New York average)

  • Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 71.1%
  • Think global warming will harm them personally: 44.5%- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.5%
  • Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.1%
  • Total population: 587,408 people

#7. Albany County: Worried about global warming: 73.9% (0.3% higher than New York average)

  • Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 75.0%
  • Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.2%
  • Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.9%
  • Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 69.5%
  • Total population: 250,071 people

Stacker’s report uses data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Counties were ranked by the percent of residents that are worried about global warming.

Albany wasn’t the only Upstate New York county in the top 10. Tompkins County, home to Ithaca, ranked No. 4 with 77.1% of its residents concerned about a warming climate. Columbia County, south of Albany, was tenth with 70.3% of its residents concerned.

You can read the full list on Stacker’s website.

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