Impact of Global Warming on Local Communities

     Impact of Global Warming on Local Communities    

    Global warming is a social issue that is widely discussed in the U.S.  and across the world today.  The impacts of this social problem on  local communities are far-reaching. In this discussion you will examine  how global warming is expected to impact your local community, as well  as discuss how different social groups are affected in different ways. 

     For in-depth information on what global warming is and how it impacts  (or is expected to impact) coastal cities in the United States review  the following resources:


     To investigate how global warming is expected to impact the region where you live visit the 2014 National Climate Assessment (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. website.   Be sure to click on the “Explore Regions” link for a list of all the  regions in the United States.  You can also review the Surging Seas Risk Zone Map (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. if you happen to live in a coastal city.  

     As  climate change intensifies, experts note the increasing incidence and  growing severity of natural disasters.  To learn more about how issues  of race and class are related to disaster response review the following  articles:


    After reviewing all of the resources above, address each of the following:


    1. How does human activity impact global warming?  What are two  environmental problems related to global warming that experts expect to  occur in coming decades?
    2. According to the National Climate Assessment website, what are  the main environmental issues that the region where you live (or if you  cannot find your particular region, the region where you grew up or  have some connection to) will face due to global warming?  What can you  do to help?
    3. What role did race and class play in the response to hurricane  Katrina?  How did the history of structural race relations and  inequalities in New Orleans impact how the hurricane affected different  racial and class groups?  How did the government’s response vary by the  race and class of the residents?

    Support  your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other  scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. 


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