How cities can protect poor people and minorities from climate change

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NATALIE DELGADILLO / GOVERNING – When environmental disasters strike, low-income people and minorities are hit hardest. Not just because they have fewer resources to help them recover, but also because they usually bear the brunt of a disaster in the first place.

Communities of color are frequently exposed to greater air pollution, water contamination and heat stress than white communities. They also tend to live in areas most vulnerable to flooding and other types of disaster.

A new report from the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) outlines steps cities can take to increase climate resilience by focusing on low-income communities and communities of color. In other words, it’s about environmental justice, an issue that’s just starting to gain awareness in local governments …

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