The climate crisis has caused dramatic changes in the Earth’s landscapes, from millions of square miles of scorched forests because of increasingly intense wildfires to shorelines threatened by rising seas. As important as the impact of these changes are on the natural environment, the suffering caused to humans is all too real and should not be forgotten. This section delves into UCI researchers’ work examining the effects of climate change on communities – in many cases, those that are home to the world’s most vulnerable populations. We check in with academics who have determined that wildfire emissions impact elderly and low-income citizens the hardest and with another group that has identified neighborhoods under threat of failing flood-protection infrastructure, among other topics.
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