State + Local Decarbonization Policies for the South

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Communities in the South are coming to terms with their new reality: life in the era of climate change. The region is highly exposed to climate change impacts given its extreme vulnerabilty to increased temperatures and rising sea levels, low levels of climate mitigation and adaptation to date, and high level of inequality (GCRP, 2018; Muro et al., 2019). A recent study showed that as global warming intensifies, economic losses will disproportionately affect the South (Hsiang et al., 2017). While some warming and sea level rise are already locked in, bold action on climate mitigation and adaptation policy now can wean the region off fossil fuels, leading to a healthier, safer, and more resilient South.

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