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Climate Justice & Vulnerability

The climate crisis will cause an additional 250 thousand deaths per year between 2030 and 2050. And though wealthier countries like the U.S. emit larger amounts of greenhouse gas per capita, developing nations are already burdened with the worse effects of climate change. Meanwhile, inadequate infrastructure in communities both near and far is making already disadvantaged communities more vulnerable. University of Michigan researchers are analyzing this unjust nexus from both technical and adaptive perspectives — charting new technologies that can help communities adapt and addressing underlying disparities.

News and Impact

SEAS Sustainability Clinic in Detroit
Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to help combat impacts of climate change
Colorado River flowing through a canyon
The southwest must fight for its water and its future
1930s map of Detroit, Michigan, which graded land based on race. The “least desirable” neighborhoods were color-coded as red. Map courtesy of “Mapping Inequality” and the National Archives and Records Administration.
Redlining and environmental racism
Downtown Detroit skyline; credit: Benjamin Morse
Eisenberg examines housing sector in Detroit
crucial conversations
Crucial Conversations: Understanding and Addressing Climate Change
Kyle Whyte
Professor Kyle Whyte named to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Larissa Larsen
Larsen: Elevating environmental problems through an interdisciplinary lens
diagram demonstrating the different analysis areas of the president's commission on carbon neutrality
U-M carbon neutrality commission submits final recommendations
great lakes climate adaptation network
Gala Learning Case: Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network
The commission is inviting U-M students, staff, faculty and community members to review proposed recommendations and submit feedback and ideas by Jan. 22, 2021, via an online public comment portal.
Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendations
people speaking while looking at a chart
Research teams explore campus culture, external partnerships
Laboratory vials with the Environmental Protection Agency logo
EPA needs to keep up with science, do more to protect vulnerable populations