When it comes to being sceptical over whether humans are the main drivers behind climate change, the British and Americans are the specialists.

While it has been widely reported that in their thirst for fossil fuels newly industrialised nations like China and India are likely to be the biggest stumbling blocks to negotiations at the Paris climate conference, or COP21, perhaps scepticism in the West is as much to blame for the deadlock.

Despite a weight of scientific evidence to the contrary, polling by Ipsos MORI, shown above in the chart by Statista, found that 64 per cent of Britons and only 54 per cent of Americans agree that the climate change we are currently experiencing is largely a result of human activity.

At the other end of the scale, people in China, Italy and Spain are the most likely to believe it - followed closely by France and India.

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