Rising temperatures and dwindling water supplies? Perception of climate change among residents of the spanish mediterranean tourist coastal areas

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Abstract

In this article, we discuss the results of a survey on the perception of climate change in the 14 "tourist zones" (as defined by the Spanish Statistical Institute, INE) that stretch from the French border to Gibraltar alongside the Spanish Mediterranean coast, including the Balearic Islands. Our sample consisted of 1,014 telephone interviews stratified according to the number of tourists staying in each zone. Respondents showed concern for the likely impacts of climate change on jobs and thought that climate change would reduce the economic activity of their areas. Responses were also pessimistic regarding future water availability but agreed with the development of alternative sources such as desalination and water re-use. Household size, educational levels, and employment tended to be the most significant statistical explanatory factors regarding attitudes toward climate change. Respondents in larger households (a variable not tested in the literature as far as we know), respondents with higher education, and respondents working for a wage tended to express more concerns than the rest. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-193
JournalEnvironmental Management
Volume53
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Mediterranean
  • Perception
  • Spain
  • Tourism
  • Water

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