Already Vulnerable Populations Face Greater Risks From Climate Change, Report Finds

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AutoInsuranceMM.Info – Low income insurance – Already Vulnerable Populations Face Greater Risks From Climate Change, Report Finds

People living in poverty, tribal communities, immigrants and the elderly are expected to suffer disproportionately from problems caused by a changing climate, according to a new report. Photo: iStockphoto

Californians can expect more wildfires, extreme heat, coastal flooding, water shortages and health problems in the years to come, but these problems won’t affect everyone equally, according to a new state assessment on climate change.

People living in poverty, tribal communities, immigrants and the elderly are expected to suffer disproportionately from problems caused by a changing climate, according to the report released this week by the California Natural Resources Agency.

While affluent Californians have resources to shield themselves from some of climate change’s impacts, many impoverished communities face financial, social, political and environmental barriers, the assessment found. Low-income people have less access to air-conditioning and cooling centers during heat waves, for example. They also frequently live in areas already vulnerable to pollution and natural disasters, yet may lack insurance and other economic means to recover when catastrophes strike, the report found.