Social Inequalities in Climate Change-Attributed Impacts of Hurricane Harvey
Smiley, K., Noy, I., Wehner, M., et al. (2022). Social Inequalities in Climate Change-Attributed Impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Nature Communications. 13, 3418. .
Using land-parcel and census tract socio-economic data, the authors examine the relationship between social inequalities and climate change-related (specifically due to Hurricane Harvey) extreme weather event effects. They found that Latina/x/o neighborhoods--specifically those that were low-income and located outside of FEMA’s 100-year floodplain--were disproportionately affected. They emphasize the need to address the impact climate change is already disproportionately having on certain populations in addition to planning for future events.