Wealthy individuals must pay higher taxes to cover the costs of mitigating and adapting to climate breakdown, according to 70 percent of the public as revealed in a survey of 2,000 adults.

The same study also reveals that an even higher proportion of the public – 75 percent – want the mega-rich to focus their financial resources on the problems facing Earth, like climate change, before space travel.

This is a stinging rebuke to the activities of space billionaires Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos over the last 12 months. The results also come as public concern about climate change reaches an all-time high following the recent COP26 summit.

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