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Perception of Climate Change Risk and Adaptation in the Czech Republic

Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Bělidla 986/4a, 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Climate 2019, 7(5), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7050061
Received: 20 February 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 23 April 2019 / Published: 26 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social-Ecological Systems, Climate and Global Change Impacts)
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Abstract

Public perception of climate change is an important element that affects attitudes towards adaptation and mitigation. Understanding the general public’s perception of the issue can assist decision-makers, though the climate change perception is affected by multiple factors. This study examines the main sociodemographic factors, including gender, and the role of previous personal experience with extreme weather events on climate change perception and engagement in individual adaptation and mitigation actions among the general population in the Czech Republic. Based on statistical analysis, gender, age and previous experience with extreme weather events have been found to play a significant role in the climate change beliefs of individuals and in the perception of the cause of the changing climate. The analysis revealed that respondents with previous experience with extreme weather events were significantly more likely to implement adaptation and mitigation actions than respondents with no experience. The survey represents insights into climate change perception and beliefs of the general public at the national level. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; public perception; willingness to adapt; questionnaire survey; Czech Republic climate change; public perception; willingness to adapt; questionnaire survey; Czech Republic
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Krkoška Lorencová, E.; Loučková, B.; Vačkářů, D. Perception of Climate Change Risk and Adaptation in the Czech Republic. Climate 2019, 7, 61.

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