Public perceptions of the health risks of extreme heat across US states, counties, and neighborhoods
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 12 Mar. 2019
Extreme heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the United States. Many individuals, however, fail to perceive this risk, which will be exacerbated by global warming. Given that awareness of one’s physical and social vulnerability is a critical precursor to preparedness for extreme weather events, understanding Americans’ perceptions of heat risk and their geographic variability is essential for promoting adaptive behaviors during heat waves. Understanding risk perceptions at fine spatial scales can also support targeting of communication and education initiatives to where heat adaptation efforts are most needed.
This news is related to one of the 12 themes of the World Conference on Health and Climate Change.
You can find all the information on the theme “Adapting to heat waves in urban areas” by following the link