The Southeast’s growing population faces increasing threats from climate change, with impacts on human health, ecosystems, economies, infrastructure, and food systems. While there have been notable advancements in adaptation throughout the region, these efforts tend to be concentrated in wealthier coastal and metropolitan areas, leaving rural and other under-resourced communities at risk. Coordinated climate strategies could improve equity, well-being, and economic vitality.

    Key Points:

  • Regional Growth Increases Climate Risks
  • Climate Change Worsens Human Health and Widens Health Inequities
  • Climate Change Disproportionately Damages Southeastern Jobs, Households, and Economic Security
  • Agriculture Faces Growing Threats, but Innovations Offer Help

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The view from Craggy Pinnacle, Pisgah National Forest, off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina (cropped). Jeff Sents, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (, via Flickr.

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