Minorities More Likely to Be Exposed To Heat Risks
New study shows African Americans, Hispanics and Asians have the highest vulnerability
Minorities are more likely to suffer from extreme heat waves because of where they live.
A new study by University of California Berkeley shows minorities suffer more from the effects of climate change because they live in heat-prone neighborhoods where half or more of the land is covered by heat-absorbing hard surfaces.
Materials such as pavement, concrete or roofing that build up heat and as a result, increases residents’ heat risks.
The study used findings from the U.S. Census to conclude that these neighborhoods are mainly occupied by African Americans, Hispanics and Asians.
According to the report, African Americans were about 50 percent more likely to live in these communities, while Hispanics were 17 percent and Asians a third more likely to do so.
Experts say planting tress and changing the way buildings are built can help reduce the heat exposure in these neighborhoods.