In the UK, surveys indicate that 30% of the public believe that the sun goes around the Earth.
A 1995 report, involving 25,000 people from 20 countries of the world, suggested unusual ignorance of current scientific thinking. Despite events like the one at Chernobyl, only 14 per cent of Poles and 23 per cent of Russians knew that radioactivity occurs naturally as well as being man-made. Only one-third of Spaniards knew that the car was an environmental hazard, but most did know about the extinction of plant and animal life because of threats to the environment in Spain's mountainous regions. There was even widespread confusion over two of the most widely debated environmental topics: global warming and ozone depletion.