The True Cost of Climate Change: Reinforcing Inequality?
As India, Niger, and the southern United States grapple with historic flooding, new research is illustrating the inclusive costs of climate events and whom they affect the most. A changing environment – via floods, droughts, or storms – affects residents indiscriminately, yet it is the economically disadvantaged who struggle to adapt and recover. The World Bank reports that climate change will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, disproportionately affecting developing countries. Will changing weather patterns change demographic maps as those that can leave at-risk areas do? How do we factor inequality into resilience planning for climate change at the local and international levels?
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Alice C. Hill is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where her work focuses on preparing for the destabilizing impacts of climate change. Prior to joining Hoover, she served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy for the National Security Council. Hill also served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as an ex officio member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment. She received her BA from Stanford University and JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Karen Weigert is a senior fellow for global cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously served as chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago. In this role Weigert worked to guide the city’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the city. Weigert has also held a number of private sector roles, including senior vice president at ShoreBank, as a strategy consultant at McKinsey, and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.