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Discrimination and climate change in one informative article...thanks for this. Also alarming is how communities of color are disproportionately exposed to toxins like mercury, arsenic and lead, which are pumped into the air by coal plants. People in these communities are twice as likely to suffer from asthma attacks and lung diseases despite lower rates of smoking.
Trees are so good. Is this a typo? "Those heat-wave-related deaths are likely to be concentrated in neighborhoods that lack sufficient tree cover and heat-absorbing surfaces, such as asphalt and sidewalks" That is, should it say "that lack sufficient tree cover and ARE FULL OF heat-absorbing surfaces, such as asphalt and sidewalks"? Because as it currently reads it seems to say that sidewalks and asphalt prevent deaths, which I don't think is true. Also, while I applaud the effort at thorough analysis, can you explain to me where this statistic comes from and why it is significant? "in fact, whites were found to be 34 percent more vulnerable to heat risk when the city they lived in was highly segregated." Not sure what that means. Highly segregated cities have more heat risk? If so, why? Thanks, Joey