Quotation Striessnig, Erich, Lutz, Wolfgang, Patt, Anthony. 2013. Effects of Educational Attainment on Climate Risk Vulnerability. Ecology & Society 18 (1): S. 1-16.




In the context of still uncertain specific effects of climate change in specific locations, this paper examines whether education significantly increases coping capacity with regard to particular climatic changes, and whether it improves the resilience of people to climate risks in general. Our hypothesis is that investment in universal primary and secondary education around the world is the most effective strategy for preparing to cope with the still uncertain dangers associated with future climate. The empirical evidence presented for a cross-country time series of factors associated with past natural disaster fatalities since 1980 in 125 countries confirms this overriding importance of education in reducing impacts. We also present new projections of populations by age, sex, and level of educational attainment to 2050, thus providing an appropriate tool for anticipating societies' future adaptive capacities based on alternative education scenarios associated with different policies.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Ecology & Society
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Effects of Educational Attainment on Climate Risk Vulnerability
Volume 18
Number 1
Year 2013
Page from 1
Page to 16
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol18/iss1/art16/
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05252-180116


Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
Striessnig, Erich (Former researcher)
Lutz, Wolfgang (Former researcher)
Patt, Anthony (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria)
Institute for Statistics and Mathematics IN (Details)
Demography Group AB (Former organization)
Research Institute for Human Capital and Development FI (Former organization)
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