Lay Perceptions of Climate Change and Climate Change Impacts

By Mohammad Zahirul Islam, Shannon Rutherford, Scott Baum and Cordia Chu.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: July 3, 2014 $US5.00

This study presents a rare cross-sectional insight into the lay concept of climate change in one of the most climate-vulnerable regions of the world, Bangladesh. Using focus groups, it taps lay understanding of climate change amongst educated and non-educated populations. Results suggest that Bangladesh’s exposure to extreme weather events makes climate issues highly salient but paradoxically less unusual than in many developed world contexts. As a result, the Bangladeshi lay concept of climate change is more accurate and nuanced than developed world concepts, and reflects a highly personally-relevant view of climate and climate change.

Keywords: Climate Change, Lay Perception

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 5, Issue 3, July 2014, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 3, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 862.696KB)).

Dr. Mohammad Zahirul Islam

Training Physician and PhD Candidate, International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research Bangladesh,, Centre for Environment and Population Health, School of Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Islam is a training physician at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh. His role includes developing curricula and training programs for the centre. He has conducted field research in malaria, childhood blindness, AIDS, neonatal and maternal mortality. He is currently doing his PhD on "Climate change and dengue fever: Vulnerability and potential adaptation responses in urban settings of Bangladesh" at Griffith University, Australia.

Dr. Shannon Rutherford

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Centre for Environment and Population Health, School of Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Rutherford is the deputy director and senior lecturer at Centre for Environment and Population Health, School of Environment, Griffith University. Her research interest is on public health leadership, climate change and disaster management, air quality, health risk and health impact assessment.

Assoc. Prof. Scott Baum

Researcher, Centre for Environment and Population Health , School of Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Prof Baum is researcher and professor at School of Environment, Griffith University. His research interests are on climate change vulnerability, urban health.

Prof. Cordia Chu

Professor and Director, Centre for Environment and Population Health, School of Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

She is the professor and Director of the "Centre for Environment and Population Health" at Griffith University. She has vast experiences working both in qualitative and quantitative studies. Her interest on climate change, work place safety, women's health, healthy city and ecological public health. She published more than 100 journal papers, book chapters and book too.

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