A new study from FEMA listed Bronx County as one of the 30 least climate change-resilient counties in the nation. Citylab reported that this study took many county statistics into account–such as wealth, unemployment rates, disabled residents–with wealth being the factor most associated with high resiliency.
Wealth, though, was not all that mattered. The same FEMA study put New York County near the bottom 30 as well, due to lack of “vehicle- and home-ownership.” Most counties least prepared to deal with the effects of climate change came from southern states.
One major issue found by a Bronx-based group was that designated cooling centers in the Bronx either weren’t listed online until the day of a heat spike, or didn’t even know they were listed as a cooling center.
A different study conducted by Clever put New York City somewhere in the middle of their climate risk index.