Italians and renewable energy sources

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The attitudes of Italian citizens towards renewable energy sources show an increasingly positive trend.

In 2011, research investments on renewable energy sources are the main priority, in terms of research spending, for almost six Italians out of ten – they were little more than three out of ten in 2005. Other research sectors lag far behind: in previous years climate change research was a priority for about one citizen out of five, but now it is the key theme for only 7% of Italians.

Also, the role attributed to renewable energy production in the context of national energy needs is considered very relevant by respondents.

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Read the article published on Il Sole 24 Ore, by Massimiano Bucchi.

The Science and Technology in Society Monitor is an initiative by Observa Science in Society, supported by Compagnia di San Paolo.

CATI survey conducted on a sample of 1022 subjects, stratified by gender, age and geographical area of residence, representative of the Italian population aged 15 and over.

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