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Vulnerability of Low Income Populations to Climate Change

U.S. Global Change Research Program

Summary: This chapter highlights the impacts of climate change on populations of concern in American communities. Researchers build a framework for understanding vulnerability and its effect on populations of concern, including low-income households, communities of color, immigrants, limited English proficient groups, indigenous peoples, children & pregnant women, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and persons with chronic medical conditions. The report measures vulnerability and maps its pervasiveness.

Citation: Gamble, J.L., J. Balbus, M. Berger, K. Bouye, V. Campbell, K. Chief, K. Conlon, A. Crimmins, B. Flanagan, C. Gonzalez-Maddux, E. Hallisey, S. Hutchins, L. Jantarasami, S. Khoury, M. Kiefer, J. Kolling, K. Lynn, A. Manangan, M. McDonald, R. Morello-Frosch, M.H. Redsteer, P. Sheffield, K. Thigpen Tart, J. Watson, K.P. Whyte, and A.F. Wolkin, 2016: Ch. 9: Populations of Concern. The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, 247–286. http://dx.doi.org/10.7930/J0Q81B0T

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