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40-country survey shows most people want governments to do more to fight climate change

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, firefighters battle the flames from the King fire near Fresh Pond, Calif. New scientific analysis shows the fingerprints of manmade climate change on 14 extreme weather events in 2014, hitting every continent but Antarctica. Dozens of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and across the world intricately examined 28 strange weather conditions last year to see if global warming partly increased their likelihood or their strength. In a 180-page peer-reviewed report, the scientists spotted some effects of climate change in half of them.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, firefighters battle the flames from the King fire near Fresh Pond, Calif. New scientific analysis shows the fingerprints of manmade climate change on 14 extreme weather events in 2014, hitting every continent but Antarctica. Dozens of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and across the world intricately examined 28 strange weather conditions last year to see if global warming partly increased their likelihood or their strength. In a 180-page peer-reviewed report, the scientists spotted some effects of climate change in half of them. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)  (The Associated Press)

A survey in 40 countries around the world found most people see global warming as a serious problem, and most want their governments to limit emissions as part of a global agreement being negotiated in Paris next month.

Americans and Chinese respondents were least likely to be worried about climate change, while those in Latin American and African countries were most concerned, according to the study by Pew Research Center released Thursday.

A majority in all regions surveyed said they would support cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by their governments as part of a global agreement being negotiated at U.N. talks in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

The poll was conducted in person and by telephone with 45,435 people earlier this year. The margin of error is 2-8 to 4.3 percent.