The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans & How to Close the Gap

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DateMay 1, 2009

AuthorRachel Morello Frosch, Manuel Pastor, Jim Sadd, and Seth Shonkoff

SourceCollege of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley; University of Southern California, Program for Environmental & Regional Equity

This report analyzes currently available data on the disparate impacts of climate change and climate change mitigation policies on low socioeconomic status groups in the United States that is relevant to the California context. It also draws information from climate change policy, human health, and environmental justice literature to provide background and context for these issues. The goal was to address some of the prominent public health, equity, and regulatory issues that are pertinent to the policy deliberations surrounding the implementation of AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act as well as federal climate change policy.

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Region US US - West & Southwest