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Young Russians, Saudis Less Worried About Climate Than Adults

  • 7 in 10 teenagers in G-20 nations believe in climate emergency
  • 86% of Italian, British teens see crisis vs 63% of Saudis

Photographer: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Teenagers in oil-rich Russia and Saudi Arabia are slightly less worried about climate change being a global emergency than are adults, countering a trend among young citizens of G-20 countries.

Russians and Saudis under 18 are, alongside Argentines, the G-20 teenagers less likely to see climate change as a threat, according to a United Nations Development Program report released Monday. Less than 65% of them consider climate change an emergency, compared with more than 85% of teenagers in the U.K. and Italy.