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“Science: Climate Racism Is Real. Researchers Found It In U.S. Cities”

“Lower-income residents and people of color are more likely to live in the hottest neighborhoods in cities across the country, putting them at greater risk of heat-related illnesses and death.

A trio of studies presented yesterday at the American Geophysical Union's annual fall meeting underscored that sobering point.

“Disparities in urban heat exposure as a direct result of urban planning and design, environmental racism, and the policies such as redlining … do in fact exist,” said Angel Hsu, an environmental policy expert at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and lead author of one of the studies.

“And now we have the evidence and the quantitative data to show that these patterns are not isolated to case studies or ad hoc anecdotal evidence, but actually they're widespread, pervasive and consistent.””

Chelsea Harvey reports for E&E News December 10, 2020.