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Regional Characteristics of Attitudes Towards Climate Change in Hungary

Author(s): Nóra Baranyai, Viktor Varjú
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Economy, Geography, Regional studies
Published by: Központi Statisztikai Hivatal
Keywords: climate change; attitude; spatial difference; adaption; environmental-consciousness

Summary/Abstract: This paper introduces the results and spatial characteristics of a representative survey con-ducted in Hungary in 2015. The spatial patterns of climate attitudes and perceptions based on the categorisation by counties and legal status of settlements show significant differences, es-pecially when demographic variables are taken into account. These differences can be ex-plained as consequences of life-style, living conditions, perception and experience. Those who live in the eastern part of Hungary or on plain areas reported more significant perception of climate-change and extremity of weather conditions than others. Similar attitudes were reported by people living in small and large vil-lages. Especially respondents living in the North-Eastern villages have the most environ-mental-conscious thinking. In cities with more than 100 hundred inhabitants and in Budapest (further on: in big cities) people are more toler-ant about climate change, they are less affected than inhabitants of villages. Results also show that good financial situation and higher level in education (which is generally typical of cities) can be an advantage in adaption to climate-change.

  • Issue Year: 57/2017
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 160-182
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Hungarian