Narrator: This is Science Today. Climate change is disproportionately affecting the nation's poor and minorities, according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Rachel Morello-Frosch, an associate professor at the School of Public Health calls this phenomenon the ‘climate gap'.
Morello-Frosch: The climate gap basically discusses how communities of color and low-income communities are going to be disproportionately impacted by climate change, both in public health terms, as well as economic terms.
Narrator: One of the big concerns that policymakers and researchers alike have about climate change is that increases in temperature are going to worsen air quality.
Morello-Frosch: And communities of color tend to live in urban areas where air quality, in terms of ozone and also fine particulates, tends to be worse. And so, air quality is likely to worsen in those places that have the highest densities of communities of color and low income communities - predominantly in urban areas that are not attaining the air quality standards that are required by the federal government.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.