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Why climate is our readers’ top concern

Climate, environment and cost of living top our #SetTheAgenda poll ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

The Conversation’s #SetTheAgenda poll has closed and more than 10,000 readers have taken the time to let us know what matters most to them in the lead-up to the federal election.

Climate change is the number one issue. When we asked “What issue is having the greatest impact on your life right now?”, 62.3% of people said climate change. Respondents could choose up to three topics. The next most common answers were: the environment (28.4%); cost of living (19.9%), misinformation (19.3%) and housing (14%).

Climate change, renewable energy and emissions reduction also featured highly in responses to the question “What do you want the candidates to be talking about as they compete for votes?”, along with mentions of integrity, corruption and a federal ICAC.

Over the coming days we’ll spend more time reading and thinking about your individual responses and how we can implement them. In the meantime, it’s very clear climate change and the environment are at the top of many of your “to do” lists.

With that in mind, you might like to tune in on Facebook today at 12.30pm to hear Australian National University paleoclimate scientist Nerilie Abrams and Griffith University climate policy expert Wesley Morgan speaking with The Conversation’s Environment + Energy Editor Nicole Hasham.

They’ll be discussing how climate change is affecting Australia, whether the major parties’ policies are commensurate with the threat, and what climate action the next government should prioritise in 2022 and beyond.

Audience questions are encouraged – so please register to take part.

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Misha Ketchell

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How can we, personally, prepare for a future with not only more frequent natural disasters, but one that will also profoundly change the environment, communities and the economy?

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A year of hunger: how the Russia-Ukraine war is worsening climate-linked food shortages

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Morrison, Dutton go hard on national security – but will it have any effect on the election?

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Elections where a national security threat have been a major talking point have historically played well for incumbent governments. But this time is different.

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Want to cut your chance of catching COVID on a plane? Wear a mask and avoid business class

Thea van de Mortel, Griffith University

All up, your risk of catching COVID on a flight is very low. But there are things you can do to lower that risk even further.

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