Perceptions of a Changing Climate, Exposure, and Vulnerability in Himachal Pradesh Public
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We aimed to characterize perceptions of exposure and vulnerability to climate change among lifelong residents of Himachal Pradesh. We examined local climate data and interviewed rural and urban residents to identify and map perceived exposures and vulnerabilities to climate change. Residents reported shorter winters and decreased precipitation and attributed these changes to human activity. Most residents expressed willingness to make personal lifestyle changes to address climate change. We also determined that the villages' vulnerability to climate change is primarily due to lack of income opportunities outside of subsistence agriculture. Additional studies should be conducted to more completely assess the exposure and vulnerability of the region to climate change.
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