Are you pulling out all the stops to climate-proof
your home? Have you installed ceiling fans, planted trees for shade
and taken our flood insurance? It's unlikely you have, according to
a new study of household actions in the UK.
While we make simple actions to deal with a cold
snap or heatwave, the research finds, households are struggling to
prepare for long-term changes in climate.
What action can you take?
As global leaders prepare to convene in
York to discuss how to curb greenhouse gas
emissions, a new paper discusses another side to limiting climate
change - adaptation.
Adaptation means taking steps to increase our
resilience against climate change that our past emissions have
already committed us to, impacts that are now
The study, published in the journal
Climatic Change, looks at adaptation
measures people can take in their own homes. And the good news, is
some actions are easy. You've probably done many
without realising. Putting on an extra jumper in a cold spell or
eschewing the Sunday roast in favour of a salad during a heatwave
are both adaptive responses.
Some actions aren't as simple as changing your diet or dipping
into your wardrobe, however.
The study looks reviews published research on
climate adaptation in UK households and finds that while we're
pretty good at doing the easy things, we're not so great at making
plans for the long-term.
The paper runs through some adaptation options
available to UK households, which we've illustrated in a checklist
below. The list on the left are examples of actions for managing
current risks, while the list on the right shows how to
climate-proof for the longer-term.