Climate change has pipped threats of terrorism and changing geopolitical influence as the biggest threat to security in the eyes of the general public, according to new research released by the Pew Research Center.
According to the 26-nation survey, people from 13 countries named climate change as the largest international threat.
The study has tracked a significant uptick in the concern of the general population. For example, in 2013, well before the Paris climate agreement was signed, a median of 56% across 23 countries surveyed said global climate change was a major threat to their country. That climbed to 63% in 2017, and in 2018 it stands at 67%.
France topped the charts in terms of increasing concern over climate change, recording a 29% increase since 2013, but there have been double-digit rises in the U.S., UK, Germany, Spain, Kenya, Canada, South Africa and Poland as well.
60% of respondents in Australia said that climate change is a major concern, only narrowly topping broad concerns of the Islamic militant group known as ISIS which recorded 59%.