Climate change ripple effects include migration, gentrification and more, new report suggests

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Climate change’s direct and indirect effects are resulting in large population shifts across the country, and communities must plan for the related impacts, according to a new report.

“The Next American Migration” proposes a framework for categorizing communities as vulnerable, recipient, or destination cities to better assess risk, revisit growth projections, and support affected residents. The National League of Cities’ Center for City Solutions and environmental services firm Buy-In Community Planning released the report Thursday.

“A significant loss or influx of residents can affect local, state, and federal resource allocations, private sector investments and decisions, housing availability, and even cultural and social dynamics,” the report states. “Cities that take action to improve local resilience, protect affordable housing, decarbonize their economies and keep at-risk residents out of harm’s way will be in a better position regardless of their net population loss or gain.”

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