2. Heat waves hit low-income communities hardest

Illustration of Atlanta skyline and a thermometer.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

People living on low incomes in cities will bear the brunt of climate change's scorching temperatures and urban flooding, widening the vulnerability gap between the rich and the poor.

  • That reality is presenting a new challenge to cities like Atlanta, where city officials and climate advocates are pushing to make homes more energy-efficient, plant trees and redesign roads and parks to more easily withstand floods.
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