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Climate Change Worries Most Finns

The majority of Finns are concerned about climate change, according to a survey by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Most people also support changing their habits for the sake of the environment - to a point.

Most Finns said they were prepared to separate their garbage and recycling, as well as reduce the amount of energy they use at home. However, most drew the line at restricting the use of their motor vehicles or looking into renewable sources of power.

Interest in measures to protect the environment varied along age lines. Those aged 15-24 were the least interested in separating garbage. However, older Finns were less likely to consider learning new ways of conserving energy through modern technology, for example, tele-commuting.

The Ministry will use the results of the survey to plan better information campaigns to inform the public about climate change, its effects and possible prevention.

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