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Environment and Climate Change

As the threat of climate change continues to grow, its environmental consequences have exacerbated existing health disparities.  New public health challenges, persistent air and water quality issues, and increased frequency of extreme weather events disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color, who typically have less access to social, political, and economic power. A 2021 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that Black and African American individuals are 40% more likely than non-Black individuals to currently live in areas with the highest projected increases in mortality rates due to climate-driven changes in extreme temperatures. TRCC highlights policies that address these drastic inequities through climate mitigation and public health strategies to ensure a healthy, equitable and climate-resilient future for all Americans. 

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