Counties most concerned about climate change in New York

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September 2, 2021
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Counties most concerned about climate change in New York

Nationally, 72% of Americans believe global warming is happening. But when public opinion researchers zoom in on Americans, they find that attitudes and opinions about climate change can vary drastically from county to county—even when those counties are next door. Public opinion factors into how policy-makers respond to climate change, including taking steps to reduce CO2 levels and mitigate harmful impacts already being experienced. Stacker compiled a list of counties most concerned about climate change in New York using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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#50. Cattaraugus County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.7%
--- 18.6% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.6%
- Total population: 60,247
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#49. Livingston County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.8%
--- 18.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
- Total population: 52,311
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#48. Chautauqua County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.4%
--- 17.6% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.4%
- Total population: 102,911
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#47. Madison County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
--- 17.3% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.8%
- Total population: 57,436
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#46. Herkimer County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
--- 17.3% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 49,443

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#45. Schoharie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.7%
--- 17.1% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.3%
- Total population: 25,709
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#44. Oneida County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.8%
--- 17.0% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 181,702
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#43. Cayuga County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.6%
--- 16.0% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
- Total population: 62,239
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#42. Chenango County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 15.6% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.9%
- Total population: 38,209
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#41. Delaware County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 15.6% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.9%
- Total population: 37,648

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#40. Jefferson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.9%
--- 15.5% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.2%
- Total population: 86,672
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#39. Seneca County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.9%
--- 15.5% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.4%
- Total population: 27,698
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#38. Schuyler County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.3%
--- 14.9% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.5%
- Total population: 14,511
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#37. Chemung County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.4%
--- 14.8% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
- Total population: 67,081
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#36. Broome County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.6%
--- 14.5% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.0%
- Total population: 156,437

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#35. Montgomery County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.6%
--- 14.5% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.4%
- Total population: 38,143
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#34. Cortland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
--- 14.3% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.6%
- Total population: 38,685
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#33. Warren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
--- 14.2% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.7%
- Total population: 52,522
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#32. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.4%
--- 13.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.4%
- Total population: 49,916
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#31. Ontario County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.7%
--- 13.0% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.2%
- Total population: 86,906

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#30. St. Lawrence County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.8%
--- 12.8% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.7%
- Total population: 87,139
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#29. Sullivan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.1%
--- 12.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 59,179
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#28. Essex County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.1%
--- 12.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.1%
- Total population: 31,426
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#27. Greene County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.2%
--- 12.3% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.4%
- Total population: 39,561
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#26. Clinton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.2%
--- 12.3% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.9%
- Total population: 66,257

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#25. Saratoga County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.5%
--- 11.9% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.9%
- Total population: 180,410
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#24. Otsego County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.6%
--- 11.7% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.9%
- Total population: 50,369
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#23. Franklin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.9%
--- 11.3% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.5%
- Total population: 40,781
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#22. Yates County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.4%
--- 10.7% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.7%
- Total population: 19,360
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#21. Putnam County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.7%
--- 10.2% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.0%
- Total population: 78,763

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#20. Erie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.6%
--- 9.0% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.5%
- Total population: 731,325
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#19. Schenectady County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.7%
--- 8.9% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.3%
- Total population: 121,409
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#18. Onondaga County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.7%
--- 8.8% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.9%
- Total population: 364,197
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#17. Rensselaer County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.0%
--- 8.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.5%
- Total population: 127,706
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#16. Orange County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.6%
--- 7.6% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.3%
- Total population: 281,129

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#15. Ulster County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.1%
--- 6.9% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.0%
- Total population: 146,886
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#14. Columbia County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.3%
--- 6.6% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.1%
- Total population: 49,954
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#13. Monroe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.4%
--- 6.5% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.9%
- Total population: 586,878
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#12. Nassau County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.3%
--- 5.2% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.7%
- Total population: 1,061,458
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#11. Dutchess County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.7%
--- 4.6% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.4%
- Total population: 236,844

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#10. Rockland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.9%
--- 4.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 71.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.3%
- Total population: 233,625
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#9. Suffolk County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.1%
--- 4.0% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 69.2%
- Total population: 1,164,990
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#8. Richmond County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.6%
--- 3.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.4%
- Total population: 369,597
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#7. Albany County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.1%
--- 1.4% lower than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 73.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.8%
- Total population: 250,031
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#6. Westchester County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 74.0%
--- 2.6% higher than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 75.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.9%
- Total population: 751,714

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#5. Kings County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 74.4%
--- 3.3% higher than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 73.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.4%
- Total population: 2,000,987
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#4. Tompkins County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 76.1%
--- 5.6% higher than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 76.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 72.4%
- Total population: 87,602
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#3. Bronx County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 79.0%
--- 9.7% higher than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 73.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 59.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 72.8%
- Total population: 1,077,463
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#2. Queens County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 79.0%
--- 9.7% higher than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 77.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 57.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 71.1%
- Total population: 1,833,055
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#1. New York County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 81.0%
--- 12.4% higher than New York average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 81.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 77.3%
- Total population: 1,396,707

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