Researchers have found that severe flooding is disproportionately affecting low income White communities in the Appalachian Region, especially in West Virginia. The study shows that the risk shifts disproportionately towards primarily Black communities along both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts over the next 30 year.
“Not everyone is carrying the same burden here,” Oliver Wing (lead author of the study, chief research officer at Fathom and flood modeling group Fathom) told CNN. “As flooding patterns change and the climate changes, it’s basically telling African American communities to bear greater burdens again — there’s a fundamental social injustice issue there.”
Tellman said that CNN’s specificity allowed them to pinpoint who will be affected. “It’s also the confidence they had in pointing out the differences in the causes and population growth, due to the improvements they’ve made in their models, that’s important.” This level of detail helps us to understand the best investments and policies.
Monday’s study “adds a greater understanding of flood risks by bringing in population characteristics, tying those as an extra dimension to the overall threat and economic implications, that we generally research at First Street,” Jeremy Porter said to CNN. Porter is a coauthor of the study, and the chief research officer of First Street.
He said, “Even if decarbonization were instantaneous, if it was just stopped all together in some crazy universe, then most things we projected would remain unaffected.” “These changes we’re projecting are fundamentally climate-related and no decarbonization will stop them.”
Wing states that it all boils down, Wing says, to large investments in adaptation.
He said, “We must get these communities the resources necessary to adapt. That’s a problem that policymakers have to solve.” They must ensure that they are giving the communities we highlight in this document the resources to adapt to this risk. They bear a heavy burden right now and into the future.