Part II: Human Impact

California’s climate crisis has caused dramatic alterations in the state’s landscape, from millions of square miles of scorched forests due to increasingly intense wildfires to coastlines threatened by inexorably rising seas. As important as the impact of these changes on the natural environment is the suffering experienced by humans. In this section, we check in with UCI researchers who have examined the way wildfire emissions hit the state’s elderly and low-income residents the hardest and who have identified neighborhoods jeopardized by failing flood protection infrastructure, among other work.

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