The unequal burden of disasters — Advocates have spent years trying to draw attention to the harsh conditions that people with disabilities face after natural disasters. New federal data shows the suffering is worse than anyone could have imagined.
Census Bureau data released Thursday showed that people with disabilities are far more likely than anyone else to face major hardships, including being displaced from their homes due to catastrophes. reports Thomas Frank in POLITICO’s E&E News.
Census data also confirms that disasters generally affect disadvantaged groups more severely, including low-income households and people of racial or ethnic minorities.
However, according to E&E data analysis, people with disabilities suffer far worse outcomes than any other group.
Perhaps the most significant difference is that people with disabilities are much more likely than others to be forced to leave their homes during a disaster. often leads to facing a series of problems.
Once evacuated, most disabled people never returned home, according to census data.
For example, 59% of deaf evacuees reported not returning home. This is more than four times her mobility rate for non-deaf people. More than 74% of the evacuees who cannot walk report that he experienced food shortages one month after the disaster.
In contrast, census data showed that only 9% of those who could walk faced food shortages. Only 7% of evacuees with good hearing had unsanitary conditions.
This information is the Census Bureau’s first analysis of the impact of disasters on groups of people. This is because the increase in disaster damage caused by climate change and others is drawing attention to its disproportionate impact on marginalized populations.
Advocates said they weren’t surprised by the findings, but after devastating hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other events, the data will galvanize years of efforts to improve treatment for people with disabilities. I hope that
“We hope this will allow people to open the door a little wider, and that people with disabilities will become a central force in creating and fostering more inclusive disaster planning and protection across this country. I have.” Justice Shorter, a disaster advisor for the National Disability Rights Network. “In fact, they are the most affected people.”
A guarantee of sustainability — Insurance giant Chubb Ltd. this week announced the creation of a division focused on underwriting climate-related aspects of its business.
The new unit brings together the Chubb Group, which works with fossil fuel and renewable energy companies, climate technology start-ups and agribusiness.
The restructuring comes under pressure from federal regulators and investors on Chubb and other insurers to disclose more information about how they are addressing the financial risks posed by climate change. It was done while Two months after that, the Treasury Department announced plans to determine if property insurance was inadequate or out of reach in some parts of the United States due to rising losses. The effort may require more than 200 major insurance companies to provide detailed information about homeowners’ policies and claims.
The Treasury Department initiative is supported by environmental and consumer groups but opposed by the insurance industry.
Remember this: A loyal reader September report According to As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy nonprofit, Chubb was the 10th riskiest insurer with respect to fossil fuel exposure. Corbin Hiar has more details.
What Happens at CES— Held this week in Las Vegas, the tech world’s annual trade fair focuses on “Era of Sustainable Consumer Electronics”, “Secret Sources of ESG Value Creation” and “Investing in Inflation-Reducing Energy Infrastructure”. A session on sustainable development clearly sets out a sustainable direction. robot dog When pee tracker.
Recap of EV announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show:
— Mercedes-Benz and ChargePoint Install at least 400 fast charging stations Aiming for a “new 30 minute retail economy”, it was held in the United States and Canada.
— Stellantis all electric ram Pickup truck next year.
— Finnish electric motorcycle manufacturer verge motorcycles will begin selling Tron-like bikes priced at $27,000 or more in “select US states” this year. (CEO Tuomo Lehtimäki says pre-orders are $100 and deliveries will start “in about a year.”)
— flashing charge announced five new chargers (fleet, retail, road and home) and two new apps.
ZETA Staff Up — Al Gore III — yes, son of the former Vice President — will be the new Executive Director of the Zero Emission Transportation Association, Timothy Cama of POLITICO’s E&E News. report.
ZETA is also adopted Thomas Boylanformerly with the EPA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, will become its regulatory director.
Outgoing ED Joe Britton His focus turns to his lobbying firm, Pioneer Public Affairs. It mainly represents companies working on low and zero emission technologies and similar objectives.
Molly Space joined the communications team at Chewie Labs, a sustainable consumer products company. She recently worked in executive her communications at Amazon. (H/t Daniel Lippman)
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