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Climate change is the least of my worries: stress limitations on adaptive capacity


Fleming, A and Dowd, AM and Gaillard, E and Park, S and Howden, SM, Climate change is the least of my worries: stress limitations on adaptive capacity, Rural Society, 24, (1) pp. 24-41. ISSN 1037-1656 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10371656.2014.1001481


The wine industry in southern Australia faces potential threats from climate change. This article examines how grape growers in this region perceive and prioritize climate change adaptation as an issue for their industry. Analysis of a survey of 50 growers reveals themes contributing to stress and worry overshadow planning for climate change. Growers are constrained by current economic, social and environmental stresses, not climate change. We relate these findings and the literature on stress to the adaptive capacity and general wellbeing of individual farmers. Projected future climate change means stress in the farming community is likely to worsen and practitioners working with farmers need to recognize the complex causes of stress, in addition to the practical need to facilitate climate change adaptation. A useful approach is to understand both the types and causes of stress, and the way individuals cope

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:: coping; climate change adaptation; rural stress; rural sustainability; Australian wine industry
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
ID Code:111396
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2016-09-09
Last Modified:2017-08-01

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