Europeans are awash in economic disaster yet they see the greatest threats their world faces as poverty and climate change.
The Eurobarometer poll (pdf) found that the majority of the public in the European Union consider global warming to be one of the world's most serious problems, with one-fifth saying it is the single most serious problem.
Overall, respondents said climate change was the second most serious issue facing the world, after poverty.
Connie Hedegaard, European climate commissioner, said: "This is encouraging news. The survey shows that the citizens of Europe can see that economic challenges are not the only ones we face. A clear majority of Europeans expect their politicians and business leaders to address the serious climate challenge now."
She said it was "striking" that the public were even more concerned about climate change than in the run-up to the landmark Copenhagen summit on climate change in late 2009.
Yet here in the emerging petro-state formerly known as Canada, politicians of all stripes have managed to lull our population into what now is a virtual climate change coma. Public awareness of climate change is crucial to any meaningful action - and they know it, the lot of them. No matter what it means to today's Canadian young people and the generations that will follow them, it's not good politics to stand on the issue and so they don't. Liberal, NDP are hardly better than the Tories. They may have lost their legislative powers but even Harper can't rob them of their voices yet they're mute.