We’re almost one week into the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris and we’ve been keeping a close eye on Twitter all the way through. Here’s what we’ve been able to learn so far.
#COP21 tweets peaked early
The greatest number of tweets using the hashtag #COP21 we’ve seen so far happened on November 30, the first day of the conference. We recorded ~550,000 tweets that day. The next day, use of the hashtag fell to ~323,000 and has continued to decline.
A very small proportion of those tweets mention the Arctic
Since COP21 began, over 1.8 million tweets have used the hashtag #COP21. Just over 4,000 of those mention the Arctic*. That’s less than a quarter of a percent.
*Note: We used the following keywords to search for mentions of the Arctic: Arctic, Arctique, Arktis, А́рктика, Arcticpoli SavetheArctic, ArcticParis, Polar, Yukon, YTpoli, NWT, NWTpoli, Nunavut, Nunavutpoli, Alaska, Greenland, Inuit, Saami.
COP21 hasn’t increased Twitter chatter about the Arctic
The week before COP21 began, an average of ~6,700 tweets were posted about the Arctic per day. Since COP21 began, the average amount of Arctic tweets per day has fallen to around ~6,300. We recorded over 10,000 tweets about the Arctic on December 1, but the increase appears to have had more do to with the release of a study about black carbon in the Arctic sea and this collection of Arctic fox photos. Only 6% of Arctic tweets on December 1 were tagged #COP21.
Around ~4,000 of the ~38,000 Arctic tweets sent between November 30 and December 5 use the hashtag #COP21, about 11%.
Tweets mentioning both #COP21 and the Arctic amount to ~700 per day
Since the conference began, an average of around 700 #COP21 tweets have been made each day that concern the Arctic. The fewest tweets, only ~550, occurred on the first day of the conference. The most, ~850, occurred on December 3.
So far, the Arctic is not one of the key issues being discussed in relation to COP21 on Twitter. But of course, there’s no telling what will happen between now and the last day of the conference.