publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

Heat Waves and Cold Spells: An Analysis of Policy Response and Perceptions of Vulnerable Populations in the UK

Irene Lorenzoni; Johanna Wolf; W. Neil Adger;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Nov 2010 Journal: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, volume 42, pages 2,721-2,734 (issn: 0308-518X, eissn: 1472-3409, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
Heat waves and cold spells pose ongoing seasonal risks to the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals. Current attempts to address these risks in the UK are implemented through fuel-poverty strategies and heat-wave planning. This paper examines evidence from the UK on whether heat waves and cold spells are addressed differently by public policy in the UK given that risks are mediated by similar perceptions that shape behavioural responses by vulnerable individuals. It is based on a review of UK policies and on a qualitative interview study of risk perceptions of elderly people as a primary identified vulnerable group to these weather extremes. The study ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Business, Public policy, Qualitative interview, Vulnerability, Economic growth, Heat wave, Elderly people, Public economics, Public information, Warning system, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common
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