LIFE Tree Check (“So the city doesn’t burn”) is a project led by Nadace Partnerství in which we are partners. It aims to help Central European cities to effectively tackle climate change. The intention is to strengthen green-blue infrastructure and the knowledge of city councillors and residents about its importance in a variety of ways... Continue Reading →
Egoists like climate adaptation but not climate mitigation
In our recent blog post we argued that engaging in climate adaptation does not undermine the willingness of individuals to engage in climate mitigation and vice versa. In another study that is currently under review in a peer-reviewed journal (preprint of this study is linked here) we studied what values are typically associated with individual... Continue Reading →
Using Google Street View photographs to assess outdoor thermal discomfort and heat perception due to heatwaves in the urban environment
We have just published a preprint of a new study together with colleagues from the Department of remote sensing. The preprint reports the results of three studies conducted on residents of Czech cities of Brno and České Budějovice (N = 1,877) in which we explored heat perception in cities during summer heatwaves. Using street view... Continue Reading →
Climate adaptation and climate mitigation do not undermine each other
In our new paper in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, we report results from an experimental cross-cultural study conducted in Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. We found that support for climate adaptation does not undermine people’s commitment to climate mitigation and vice versa. In fact, we found that prior focus on climate adaptation increases worry... Continue Reading →
Public support for urban climate adaptation policy through nature-based solutions
The impacts of climate change on urban life require response in terms of adaptation planning. We investigated perceptions of and economic preferences for urban climate adaptation through nature-based solutions (NBS) in Prague and found that: (i) increased use of NBS is likely to generate significant economic public value; (ii) people perceive the species diversity of the NBS measures positively; (iii) NBS implemented in...
What is the value of a tree’s shadow?
Many cities around the world have pledged to increase urban tree cover because trees deliver diverse benefits for the climate, the environment and society. Urban trees purify the air, provide refuge for urban biodiversity and protect the passers-by from the sun, for example, which positively impacts urban public spaces. Tree care influences tree health and vitality, which, in turn, determine the level of the benefits provided. However...