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Joint Center Report on Six Southern, Western States Assesses Climate Change Challenges
May 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Communities of color in six southern and western states face a “perfect storm” of poor health, socioeconomic barriers and climate-related challenges, and many are being left out of government climate change and disaster planning activities, according to a report released today by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

The report prepared by researchers at the Texas Health Institute, Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future, is the first to coalesce data and research across a range of demographic, health, environmental and climate-related measures for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.  It examines state and local initiatives for climate change mitigation and adaptation, assessing the integration of vulnerable communities into the planning process.

The webinar recording discussing the findings and recommendations of the report, which took place on Monday May 21st at 3:30 pm ET, can be found HERE.


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