Hey Southeast US! Here's Where Climate Change is Really Going To Hurt

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Oxfam America's map shows areas of the Southeast United States and their overall vulnerability to climate change. Darkest colors are most vulnerable.

Want some more evidence that the effects of climate change won't just be strongly felt overseas? Here it is: Oxfam America has just launched a new project highlighting how vulnerable the southeastern part of the United States is to climate change. On a county-by-county basis you can examine how bad drought, floods, sea level rise, and hurricanes are going to be, as well as look at how socially vulnerable areas are:Oxfam America President Raymong Offenheiser was quoted by Reuters describing the interplay between these factors:

Social factors like income and race do not determine who will be hit by a natural disaster, but they do determine a population's ability to prepare, respond, and recover when disaster does strike.

As climate change increases and intensifies floods, storms, and heat waves, many of the world's poorest communities, from Biloxi to Bangladesh, will experienced unprecedented stress.

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Areas in dark green in this image are most vulnerable to droughts.

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This map shows areas most vulnerable to flooding.

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Darkest colors along the coast show areas which will be worst hit by sea level rise.

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Finally, social vulnerability alone... in other words, the poorest areas in the region.

More info: Oxfam America: Vulnerability and Climate Change in the US Southeast [interactive map] and Exposed: Social vulnerability and climate change [PDF]

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