Putting Some Over the Hill: The Disparate Impact of Drought in California
In the American West, the central fact of existence is the lack of water. California is embroiled in drought and the year 2014 was likely the state’s single worst drought year in approximately 1200 years. As climate change continues to intensify, the rest of the nation and the world are watching the way California, the seventh largest economy in the world, responds to this water emergency. So far, the state has not responded well enough to offset the drought’s disparate impact on minorities, the economically disadvantaged, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations.