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Development Engagement Lab: Britons have greater awareness of COP26 than other countries

27 October 2021

Research by the Development Engagement Lab found that around the time of COP26, held in Glasgow:

  • Awareness and knowledge of the COP-26 climate conference was low across four countries where polling was carried out (GB, France, US and Germany)
  • However, it was highest in Britain, where more than one-third (35%) say they have heard and know what it is about – reflecting the fact that the UK was the host country

Reference article:

  • Authors: Jennifer Hudson, Paolo Morini, David Hudson
  • Date: 27th October 2021

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