Connecticut Public Radio | By Michayla Savitt
A new interactive map from the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) shows areas in the state that are vulnerable to environmental hazards.
Researchers made the map in English and Spanish as a way to show where pollution is coming from – and how it’s impacting nearby people. The launch coincides with a newly-strengthened state environmental justice law, as advocates look for new ways to raise the profile of historically marginalized communities overburdened by pollution.
The map features indicators like health sensitivities, a community’s wealth, and its proximity to environmental hazards such as landfills, said Yaprak Onat, co-project manager and associate director of research at CIRCA.
“What this tool does is give a first glance screening of who’s taking the toll more – who is disproportionately affected by possible pollution burden,” Onat said.