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Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      BioMed Central, 2013.
    • Publication Date:
      2013
    • Abstract:
      Background Tibet, average altitude more than 4,000 meters, is warming faster than anywhere else in China. The increase in temperatures may aggravate existing health problems and lead to the emergence of new risks. However, there are no actions being taken at present to protect population health due to limited understanding about the range and magnitude of health effects of climate change. Methods The study was a cross-sectional survey of 619 respondents from urban Lhasa, Tibet in August 2012 with the aim to investigate public perceptions of risk, heat experiences, and coping resources. Results Respondents are aware of the warming that has occurred in Lhasa in recent years. Over 78% reported that rising temperature is either a “very” or “somewhat” serious threat to their own health, and nearly 40% reported they had experienced heat-related symptoms. Sex, age, education and income influenced perceived risks, health status, and heat experience. The vast majority of respondents reported that they had altered their behaviour on hot summer days. Bakuo, a sub-district at the city center, is considered especially vulnerable to heat because of sparse vegetation, high population density, poor dwelling conditions and a high proportion of low-income population. However, neighborhood social ties were stronger in Bakuo than other study locations. Conclusions The study suggests that actions are needed now to minimize downside effects of rapid warming in Tibet, because of increasing human exposure to high temperatures and uneven distribution of the resources needed to cope.
    • Accession Number:
      pmc: PMC3765900
      pmid: 24103412
    • ISSN:
      1476-069X
    • Accession Number:
      10.1186/1476-069X-12-71
    • Accession Number:
      edsair.dedup.wf.001..9ca5b54ca6ee4308fab5c5e7da771e22
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BAI, L. et al. Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa. Environmental Health, [s. l.], v. 12, 2013. DOI 10.1186/1476-069X-12-71. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.dedup.wf.001..9ca5b54ca6ee4308fab5c5e7da771e22&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 5 jun. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Bai L, Cirendunzhu, Pengcuociren, et al. Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa. Environmental Health. 2013;12. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-12-71.
    • APA:
      Bai, L., Cirendunzhu, Pengcuociren, Dawa, Woodward, A., Liu, X., Baimaciwang, Dazhen, Sang, S., Wan, F., Zhou, L., Xu, J., Li, X., Wu, H., Yu, B., Xiraoruodeng, & Liu, Q. (2013). Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa. Environmental Health, 12. https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-069X-12-71
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bai, Li, Cirendunzhu, Pengcuociren, Dawa, Alistair Woodward, Xiaobo Liu, Baimaciwang, et al. 2013. “Rapid Warming in Tibet, China: Public Perception, Response and Coping Resources in Urban Lhasa.” Environmental Health 12 (August). doi:10.1186/1476-069X-12-71.
    • Harvard:
      Bai, L. et al. (2013) ‘Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa’, Environmental Health, 12. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-12-71.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bai, L, Cirendunzhu, Pengcuociren, Dawa, Woodward, A, Liu, X, Baimaciwang, Dazhen, Sang, S, Wan, F, Zhou, L, Xu, J, Li, X, Wu, H, Yu, B, Xiraoruodeng & Liu, Q 2013, ‘Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa’, Environmental Health, vol. 12, viewed 5 June 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Bai, Li, et al. “Rapid Warming in Tibet, China: Public Perception, Response and Coping Resources in Urban Lhasa.” Environmental Health, vol. 12, Aug. 2013. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1186/1476-069X-12-71.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bai, Li, Cirendunzhu, Pengcuociren, Dawa, Alistair Woodward, Xiaobo Liu, Baimaciwang, et al. “Rapid Warming in Tibet, China: Public Perception, Response and Coping Resources in Urban Lhasa.” Environmental Health 12 (August 1, 2013). doi:10.1186/1476-069X-12-71.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bai L, Cirendunzhu, Pengcuociren, Dawa, Woodward A, Liu X, et al. Rapid warming in Tibet, China: public perception, response and coping resources in urban Lhasa. Environmental Health [Internet]. 2013 Aug 1 [cited 2020 Jun 5];12. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.dedup.wf.001..9ca5b54ca6ee4308fab5c5e7da771e22&custid=s8280428