Americans more divided on climate change than people elsewhere

 Americans more divided on climate change than people elsewhere
Smoke-filled skies cast an orange hue at sunset as a man and his dog walk in Laguna Hills, California, on Sept. 16, 2020. (Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

As the next United Nations Climate Change Conference approaches (COP26), people in advanced economies are highly concerned about the personal impact of climate change and are willing to make changes to address the issue with personal and international action, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Americans are also worried about the personal impacts of climate change, but they are not as concerned as other publics surveyed.

There is minimal praise from other societies for how the United States and China – both leading carbon dioxide emitters – are handling climate change, even as the European Union and the UN are given high marks for their actions. But within American society, there are sharp ideological divides on the…

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