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Data: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and Facebook Data for Good; Note: MOE range from +/- 3 to +/- 0.48; Chart: Axios Visuals

There is broad and deep support in both developing and industrialized countries for governments to take further actions to address climate change, per new polling data from Facebook Data for Good and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

Why it matters: Without public support pushing policymakers to take potentially costly steps to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, efforts to rein in climate change will be doomed to fail.

The details: The poll released Tuesday found that countries in Central and South America, such as Brazil, had the highest public support for stronger national and international climate action to be taken.

  • This may reflect the region’s vulnerability to extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts and floods.
  • In the U.S., a solid majority — about 65% — of respondents said their government should be doing “more” or “much more” to address climate change.
  • However, 22% said their government should do either “less” or “much less" about global warming. This may reflect the politically polarized nature of the climate issue within the U.S. in particular.

The big picture: The survey also found people strongly support their country’s participation in the Paris Agreement, including 74% of respondents in the U.S.

Between the lines: The international survey of public views in 30 countries and territories was conducted in February.

It included about 46,000 respondents and has a margin of error ranging from plus or minus 3% to plus or minus 0.48%, depending on the country or territory in question.

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Senate Dems' tricky climate infrastructure message

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

We now know more about the Senate's bipartisan infrastructure plan — and Democrats' tactical approach to the advancing package that has a suite of climate-related provisions.

Catch up fast: The Senate voted 67-32 to move the $1.2 trillion plan toward debate last night. Per a White House release it includes...

Jul 30, 2021 - Health

Vaccine mandates are popular

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Data: The COVID States Project; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they'd support federal, state or local governments requiring everyone to get a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new survey conducted by The COVID States Project.

Why it matters: This kind of blanket mandate hasn't even been proposed, at any level of government. But more piecemeal requirements are rapidly becoming more popular, and the survey suggests Americans are fine with that.

Jul 29, 2021 - Podcasts

What this summer means for the climate crisis

From Portland to New Orleans, heat watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect across 19 states. It’s just the latest in a series of extreme heat waves, floods and wildfires across the world that have been made worse by the ongoing climate crisis. How should we be thinking about how to solve all of these climate calamities?

  • Plus, what it takes to put up a monument.
  • And, U.S. women win gold at the Olympics.

Guests: Author of Ida B. The Queen, Michelle Duster, Axios' Andrew Freedman, and Ina Fried.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin, and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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