CLIMATE IS A CLASS ISSUE: Poorest people hit hardest by heat stress

New Research: 25% of the world’s people will face more heat wave days than all the rest combined

Climate & Capitalism | February 11, 2022

Source: American Geophysical Union

People with lower incomes are exposed to heat waves for longer periods of time compared to higher income people, due to a combination of location and access to heat adaptations like air conditioning. This inequality is expected to rise as temperatures increase, new research shows.

Lower income populations currently face a 40% higher exposure to heat waves than people with higher incomes. By the end of the century, the poorest 25% of the world’s population will be exposed to heat waves at a rate equivalent to the rest of the population combined.

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Rich & Poor

The divide between the poor and the rich is known to many and for centuries. Yet the truth goes without meaningful notice by many. The divide’s political meaning mostly goes without discussion. Still the fact of this divide should be told and re-told. The following reports say about the divide.

A Los Angeles Times Editorial – Not even beach parking lots can be off-limits in a study of sites for temporary homeless housing – (Sun, May 23, 2021) – said:

“Among the many obstacles to providing shelter and housing for homeless people is finding available land. Private property is often too expensive for the city of Los Angeles to buy for housing, so there is a constant search by city officials to locate publicly owned land that is empty or underutilized and can be transformed into safe camping grounds, tiny-house villages or more permanent housing.Read More »

COVID-19: Killer of Black, Brown and Poor of US and Haiti

by Dady Chery

teleSUR | May 12, 2020

Some writers stopped just short of declaring, particularly to the populations of states with large Black and Latino populations: “You’re dying because you’re poor.”


We are supposed to be thinking this week about the health disparities in the United States based on race and ethnicity, since the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, and even USA Today are going on about it. This is the hot topic presumably because of a recent analysis of the demographics of COVID-19 deaths by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Such an analysis, however, cannot be found.

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Resource literacy of the poor

by Sunita Narain

Down To Earth | March 02, 2020

Just two months have passed in 2020, but scientists have already given a verdict that this year would be among the 10 warmest years on record. January was the warmest in 141 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Every year, we are told, is the hottest year, till the next year comes around. Then a new record is broken. It is getting worse — from forest fires to increasing frequency and intensity of storms and blistering cold waves and spiralling heat.

Climate change, it would seem, could not happen at a worse time in human history. It is clear that things are now spiralling out of control. The farmers, pastoralists and all the others who work the land, use the water and make a livelihood, are the worst affected. They are the victims of climate change.Read More »

Heat Wave – Impact on the Poor and the Marginalised


Countercurrents | June 12, 2019

While summer is uncomfortable to most of middle class people, it takes heavy toll of the daily laborers, marginalised casual workers and industrial manual employees. The rich and most government employees take some shelter under air conditioners or coolers but large number of ‘fourth -class’ employees, the street hawkers, peddlers, beggars and daily wagers are forced to work in scorching heat conditions. Deaths due to heat wave are reported usually without classifying their state of ‘class’ or ‘caste’ . If carefully analyzed most of those who die are from dalit and marginalised sections who work ceaselessly throughout summer for their daily bread and face risk of sun- strokes.Read More »

Rich and poor increasingly segregated in Paris region

France 24

Text by: Claire MUFSON

Date created: 03/06/2019, latest update : 03/06/2019

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A public housing building in Aulnay-sous-Bois, a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris. Geoffroy Van der Hasselt, AFP [THIS PHOTO IS USED HERE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL, NON-PROFIT, EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE]
Over months of Yellow Vest protests, public debate has centered on the urban rural divide and the resources eaten up by the Paris region of Île-de-France. But a new study shows that the country’s wealthiest region is also the most deeply unequal.

The larger Paris region of Île-de-France is home to nearly 19 percent of the French population and represents 30 percent of the country’s GDP, but the report “Gentrification and growing poverty in the heart of Île-de-France” published Monday by the Planning and Urbanism Institute (IAU) shows that inequality has grown considerably since the early 2000s.Read More »

Poor People’s Campaign: Building people’s power amongst the poor in the United States

Peoples Dispatch | May 22, 2019

The Poor People’s Campaign organised #40DaysofAction last year to highlight the rising inequality and deepening racism in the United States. The Campaign is continuing these actions this year, with special focus on the upcoming presidential elections in 2020. Shailly Gupta Barnes discussing the Campaign’s plans, the need for this kind of organising, and more.

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Brazil’s Poorest Can Play a Major Part in Halting Jair Bolsonaro’s Dangerous Politics

by Courtney J. Campbell\

The Wire | October 10, 2018

Brazil's Poorest Can Play a Major Part in Halting Jair Bolsonaro's Dangerous Politics

As was widely predicted, Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right candidate of the Social Liberal Party, won the first round of the Brazilian presidential election, with just over 46% of the vote. But because he didn’t win a clear majority, he must now face Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party (who won 29% of the vote) in a second round on October 28.

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“Stop the War! Feed the Poor!”: March by Poor People’s Campaign Ends With Arrests in DC


Common Dreams | June 21, 2018

Members of the Poor People's Campaign marched to the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday. (Photo: @liztheo/Twitter)Members of the Poor People’s Campaign marched to the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday. (Photo: @liztheo/Twitter)

As part of the final week of Poor People’s Campaign demonstrations leading up to the movement’s Mass Rally and Moral Revival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, hundredsof protesters joined together in chants and songs as they marched to and then were arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday.

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Iran: Communists urge an end to the repression of the poor as general strike continues

by Steve Sweeny

Morning Star | April 20, 2018

IRANIAN communists urged the government today to end repression against the country’s poor as a general strike swept across Kurdish towns and cities.

The Tudeh Party of Iran (TPI) called for investment to develop agriculture and industry in the border areas of Kurdistan and western Azerbaijan where poverty remains high and unemployment levels have hit 40 per cent.Read More »