An Unfair Share: Exploring the disproportionate risks from climate change facing Washington State communities

About this report

Climate impacts or hazards, stemming from events like heat waves, floods and drought pose challenges for all Washington communities, now and in the future. However, the degree to which communities will experience these climate change-related hazards, described here as exposure, is not the same. The aim of this report is to support ongoing discussions regarding the climate change-related hazards facing communities in Washington, with a special emphasis on communities of color, indigenous peoples and communities with lower incomes.

To effectively address existing or future inequities, there needs to be credible information about who is at risk in Washington state from climate impacts, and why. This report strives to clarify how communities may be exposed differently to climate-related hazards and how factors like race/ethnicity, wealth, income, level of education and health status affect the ability to cope with climate impacts, or related harms.

Report & Graphic Summary

Download the full report:  An Unfair Share: Exploring the Disproportionate Risks from Climate Change Facing Washington State Communities

Download the two-page graphic summary: An Unfair Share Report: Graphic Summary

Suggested Citation: UW Climate Impacts Group, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Front and Centered and Urban@UW, 2018. An Unfair Share: Exploring the disproportionate risks from climate change facing Washington state communities. A report prepared for Seattle Foundation. University of Washington, Seattle.

Research and Writing Team

This report was produced as a collaboration of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Front and Centered, and University of Washington Urban@UW, University of Washington Department of Environmental Health & Occupational Sciences.  

Writing Team: Joe Casola (UW Climate Impacts Group), Heidi A. Roop* (UW Climate Impacts Group) Katie Fellows (UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences), Vanessa Galaviz (UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences), Deric Gruen (Front and Centered), Sara Jacobs (Urban@UW) and Edmund Seto (UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences).

*Corresponding author

Funding & Acknowledgements

The research and writing team is greatly appreciative of input received from the Front and Centered Steering Committee, UW faculty and the community members who hosted and participated in the Listening Sessions. This input proved central to this report.

This collaborative project was made possible with support from Seattle Foundation, whose mission is to ignite powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Learn more at: www.seattlefoundation.org.

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