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New Report on Socioeconomic Status and Climate Change by the American Meteorological Society

Recently published by the AMS Policy Program, The Intersection of Socioeconomic Status & Climate Change Risks & Hazards in the United States Great Lakes Region: An Intern Report details the strong interactions between socioeconomic status (SES) and climate change impacts and vulnerabilities: climate change is widespread and exacerbates existing socioeconomic inequalities. The report analyzes this relationship within the context of the United States Great Lakes Region to better understand how socioeconomic factors and climate change risks and hazards interact in a region that heavily relies on its natural resources. This region includes 21 percent of the world’s fresh water, relying on the lakes for a majority of industries, jobs, and income. As climate change progresses, resources and natural processes may continue to be impacted and scarcities will likely become more common, posing challenges throughout the region, especially for individuals subjected to socioeconomic inequalities.

To download and read the report yourself, visit the American Meteorology Society website.