Rising Sea Levels Threaten the Bay Area’s Low-Income Communities with Toxic Flooding

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Many of the Bay Area’s industrial sites are situated on the waterfront, right next to communities of color. As climate change causes groundwater levels to rise, toxic chemicals buried there threaten to release into the neighborhoods, exacerbating a decades-long pattern of environmental and economic injustice.  Now some community advocates are calling for reparations in the form of climate justice, asking for money and services to repair the harms caused by the decision to allow toxic industries in their communities. Forum talks about the threat of toxic flooding and what can be done to prevent it.


Kristina Hill, director, Institute for Urban and Regional Development, College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

Ezra David Romero, climate reporter, KQED

Margaret Gordon, co-director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project