New research shows that the impact of extreme climate conditions on one’s neighbors and society has more impact on people’s perceptions of climate change than individual losses.
“We found that damage to their postal code, as measured by FEMA, was positively correlated with stronger beliefs about climate change even three or four years after extreme flooding explored by our study.” Practice Elizabeth A. Albright, Assistant Environmental Sciences and Policy Method at Duke University, he said in a press release.
Albright and his colleagues sent surveys to various communities in Colorado affected by heavy rains and floods. Researchers have investigated both those directly affected by floods and those who have avoided damage to individual property. The study was also sent to the residents of the community who avoided the worst floods.
The questionnaire asked residents about their respective experiences and the impact of the flood on their wider community, their perceptions of the risks of future flooding, and their views on climate change.
The results show that people who experience flooding have a large and significant effect on their communities who are more concerned about climate change and the prospect of future flooding, which is also three years after the flood. The findings, published this week in the journal Climatic Change, show that the experience of any damage will have little impact on a person’s long-term belief in climate change and the risk of severe flooding.
“This discovery speaks to the power of collective experience and shows that the effects of extreme climate conditions are largely understood, measured and divided in terms of the impact on individual beliefs,” said Deseray Crowe, associate professor of public affairs at the university. from Colorado. Denver.