Researchers find rising sea levels disproportionately impact marginalized communities
Researchers from UC Berkeley, UCLA and Climate Central, in collaboration with the Toxic Tides Project, published a study that discovered rising sea levels along California’s coast are placing marginalized communities at risk of flooding by contaminated water. Rachel Morello-Frosch, senior author of the study and campus public health professor noted that larger renter populations, who are predominantly made up of people of color and experience higher levels of poverty, are more likely to be susceptible to environmental pollutants that come with rising sea levels due to geographic proximity to hazardous sites. When flooding occurs, these areas are the first to be impacted, according to the study.
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