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Cardiff University polling: concern about heat risks has increased over the past decade but floods still top the risk table

01 March 2020

Cardiff University survey data shows an increase in risk perceptions around hot and dry weather from 2013 to 2019.

In 2013 only 23% of respondents thought heatwaves were a fairly or very serious problem. By 2019 this had increased substantially to 72% – although concern flooding is still greater.

Flooding was considered a fairly or very serious problem by almost all survey respondents (90%), closely followed by coastal erosion (88%), heavy storms (84%) and periods of heavy rainfall (83%).

The authors note that the “increase in perceptions of heat risks might be partly explained by personal experiences of heat related events (such as discomfort due to hot weather) – in the current survey 70% reported having this experience – as well as media coverage of recent heat-related events in the UK and worldwide.”

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  • Authors: Steentjes, K, Demski, C., Seabrook, A., Corner, A. & Pidgeon, N.
  • Date: 1st March 2020

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