Most Australians don’t see climate change as an extremely serious problem right now, despite warnings this decade is critical in the fight for a liveable planet.

Griffith University has released its annual climate action survey, which explores what thousands of Australians think about climate change.

57 per cent of respondents believe Australia has started to feel the effects of climate change, but only 15 per cent say climate change is an extremely serious problem now.

The results expose a gap between how Australians perceive the threat, and the urgency expressed by the global scientific community.

The UN warns the planet is likely to cross a critical warming threshold within the next decade, bringing with it climate-fuelled floods, heat waves, drought, crop failures and rising seas.