People keep moving to the worst places for climate risk
A recent article in FastCompany highlights the troubling trend in U.S. Census data of people moving to areas of high climate risk -- such as the drought and heat-stricken Southwest or the flood-prone Florida coast-- rather away from them. The data, which show that climate change may not yet be top of mind for Americans as they decide where to live, underscore a problematic trend and a potentially important area of focus for the federal government in the future.
“The White House has looked at international climate migration, and there’s a whole working group on that now, but there’s nothing on domestic climate migration,” says Jesse Keenan, an associate professor of real estate at the Tulane School of Architecture, in the article. “I think that’s a missed opportunity on many fronts.”