Article "Classifying Social Adaptation Practices to Heat Stress - Learning from Autonomous Adaptations in Two Small Towns in Germany" by Dr. Julia Teebken, Nicole Mitchell, Dr. Klaus Jacob, and Dr. Thorsten Heimann published
News from Jan 16, 2023
The 6th IPCC Assessment Report, "Climate Change Consequences, Adaptation, and Vulnerability" highlights the political and scientific focus on planning and governance approaches to climate change adaptation. In contrast, less attention is paid to societal adaptation ("autonomous adaptation"). This finding is particularly applicable to societies in the Global North. Only a few studies have examined how people adapt to climate change without the intervention of public actors and their strategies. The study by Dr. Julia Teebken, Nicole Mitchell, Dr. Klaus Jacob, and Dr. Thorsten Heimann is dedicated to autonomous adaptation practices in two small towns in Germany and in this way contributes to the debate on how society deals with heat risks in everyday life. The empirical data, consisting of qualitative, problem-centered interviews and a quantitative survey, show the diversity of already existing social adaptation practices. The authors derive a classification of climate change adaptation practices from the results. This classification can serve as a basis for the development of policy tools, especially in small towns where public climate adaptation planning is lacking. The article provides new insights and linkages on the interplay between political-planning and private climate change adaptation.