US Climate and Health Alliance

Boiling Points: The Inextricable Links Between Inequality and Climate Change


The objective of this report is to comprehensively map the various linkages between climate change and inequality while identifying key gaps in our research knowledge and our policy debates. By doing so, we aim to better integrate these two siloed issues and support efforts to mobilize a broad, multi-interest coalition that fights for a clean environment and an economy that works for all. We place this discussion into three categories: the disparate impacts of climate change on marginalized groups, the role that economic and racial inequality play in worsening climate change, and the distributional effects of climate policies. This framework is a useful way of organizing an incredibly broad and entangled topic, allowing us to hone current thinking on how inequality and climate change converge and where the opportunities for progress lie.

Resource Type
Susan R. Holmberg
Resource URL
May 2017
Roosevelt Institute
Health and Human Impact
Climate and Environmental Impact
Climate adaptation/resilience Market mechanisms
Advocacy Climate and environmental justice/health equity Co-benefits/co-harms Vulnerable populations

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