Glasgow's hosting of a leading UN summit of climate change will improve action on the environment, according to almost half of Scots.

According to a poll carried out by our sister title The Herald, 45 per cent of the public believe that there will be an increased response to the climate emergency across Scotland following the announcement of COP26 coming to the city.

This compares to just 12 per cent who believed there would be no change, while 43 per cent said they did not know.

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The poll, which surveyed hundreds of Herald readers, shows that more than three quarters of the public are concerned about the climate emergency.

Moreover, ahead of today’s climate strikes across the country, the research showed that around 65 per cent of the public are supportive of children taking time off of school for this purpose, either all the time or occasionally.

However, more than a third opposed the strike action.

Reassuringly ahead of today’s strikes, more than 55 per cent of the 377 people were aware of the walk out.