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Global heating: Study shows impact of ‘climate racism’ in US–BBC

May 26, 2021

By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness


The clown Matt McGrath is at it again:


A new study says that black people living in most US cities are subject to double the level of heat stress as their white counterparts.

The researchers say the differences were not explained by poverty but by historic racism and segregation.

As a result, people of colour more generally, live in areas with fewer green spaces and more buildings and roads.

These exacerbate the impacts of rising temperatures and a changing climate.

Cities are well known magnifiers of a warmer climate.

The surface urban heat island effect is the technical term for the impact that the buildings, roads and infrastructure of cities have on temperatures.

All that concrete and asphalt attracts and stores more heat, ensuring that both days and nights in big urban areas are much warmer than the surrounding locations.

But, within cities, there are often large differences in this heat island impact, with areas rich in trees and green spaces noticeably cooler than those that are dense with housing and industry.

A previous study in the US found a correlation between warmer neighbourhoods in big cities with racist housing practices dating back to the 1930s.

Back then, areas with large African-American or immigrant populations were "redlined" in documents by federal officials, and deemed too hazardous for home loans and investment.

This led to a concentration of poverty and low home ownership rates in some parts of big cities.

This new study takes a broader look at these warmer neighbourhoods and the people who are affected by them.

Using satellite temperature data combined with demographic information from the US Census, the authors found that the average person of colour lives in an area with far higher summer daytime temperatures than non-Hispanic white people.


The actual paper, which is here, does not mention “racism” at all. So why does McGrath introduce it as a concept, never mind inventing the term “climate racism”?

Quite what the “racist” housing policies of the 1930s have to do with 21st century America is beyond me. There has been nothing to stop people moving out of those areas since, as millions have. (This is known as “black flight”, with first the black middle class, followed by the working class, moving out to the suburbs, as the whites did before them. What is left tends to be the “underclass”. See here for more details.)

It is well known that poor people, particularly in inner cities, all around the world suffer worse outcomes in all sorts of ways, for instance healthcare, education and job prospects. And, as McGrath now seems to have realised, the urban heat island effect is far more significant than the tiny amount of climate warming seen in the last century.

Maybe instead of wasting trillions on fighting climate change, we should spend a fraction of it on improving inner cities.

  1. May 26, 2021 10:51 am

    It just keeps getting crazier and crazier. I am still trying to understand what climate justice means and now we have climate racism?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 26, 2021 12:26 pm

      The whole thing is a long chain of crazy. I can’t even work out who it’s aimed at.

      What I do know is that if we stop the climate warming these people will still be poor and live in crappy neighbourhoods and if we stop it warming using the insane policies of the Greens these people will be even worse off.

    • Ron Arnett permalink
      May 27, 2021 10:11 am

      The neighborhoods that the studies are examining are definitely sub standard. But the residents there expect to have running water and electricity. The poorest areas in the U.S. are rural with lots of open space. They do not have running water and power as a right, with only the very fortunate having access to both.

      The residents of those super poor, rural, literally green neighborhoods are almost entirely white so they don’t count, I guess.

      • May 27, 2021 10:46 am

        Very interesting info that i did not know before I read this. Thank you.

  2. peter green permalink
    May 26, 2021 10:55 am

    The bbc and the author need to be shamed for making up such a clearly racist and contrived story…. thet are an absolute disgrace

  3. May 26, 2021 11:01 am

    These people are insane, there is no other word for it

    • May 26, 2021 12:14 pm

      It is what happens when you become a worshipper of the creation instead of the creator.

  4. Mad Mike permalink
    May 26, 2021 11:37 am

    It might be that living in the centre of cities exposes you to more heat related health problems but that has a flip side. Those same city centres are likely to be warmer in the winter and therefore their inhabitants are less exposed to cold related health problems and we know the cold kills many more that heat does.

    • chriskshaw permalink
      May 26, 2021 3:01 pm

      Pls refrain from discussions that do not follow the narrative. This catastrophic global racism we’re talking about.

  5. Rod Smith permalink
    May 26, 2021 11:39 am

    The only vestige of sanity in this article is the (probably inadvertent) acknowledgement that the urban heat island effect actually exists, which most of these climate change activists refuse to accept.

    • AC Osborn permalink
      May 26, 2021 1:51 pm

      I agree, it is nice to see it acknowledged in writing.

    • chriskshaw permalink
      May 26, 2021 3:03 pm

      It is acknowledged and accounted for by us of its inverse in modern homogenization theory

  6. Patsy Lacey permalink
    May 26, 2021 11:40 am

    Neither the NOAA nor the CDC can agree whether heat is the bigger killer or cold. The NOAA official source of weather related deaths, Storm Data, is heavily skewed towards heat. The CDC based on death certificates indicates the reverse.

  7. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    May 26, 2021 11:45 am

    Hear hear. Better quality housing for sure and offices with windows that open. Air conditioning bills being higher than heating bills in the Uk is just insane.
    That bloke from the BBC is stiring it up. Makes me think his bosses want a race war. He’s a fekking disgrace. An agent of the dark side.

  8. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 26, 2021 12:20 pm

    Yet apparently a vast area of concrete, asphalt and buildings – Heathrow – is not warmer because of all that when Heathrow sets a record for warmth.


  9. Mack permalink
    May 26, 2021 12:22 pm

    As the majority of urban black dominated populations in the US have been living under Democratic Party political control for decades, a simpler explanation for the plight of these people might be that their inept and corrupt political masters have failed them much much more than any trivial weather or UHI affects. In the immortal words of Malcolm X five decades ago, talking to the people of Harlem in reference to Democratic Party ‘vote harvesters’, he said ‘you’ve been misled, you’ve been had, you’ve been took’. Nothing seems to have changed in the intervening years, not least the weather.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 26, 2021 12:29 pm

      And as black people are largely urban it’s no surprise that “on average” they live in places a bit warmer than “the average” white person.

      My bet is that on average a black person lives closer to a hospital than a white person and closer to a school. Because they are far more likely to live in a city

    • Gerry, England permalink
      May 26, 2021 2:42 pm

      People providing some background to BLM that the legacy media children here won’t be able to tell you about point out that they target the long term black community for their support. Those who have arrived more recently keep their distance as they have more professional jobs and no doubt see BLM for the anarchist marxist bunch that they are.

  10. David permalink
    May 26, 2021 12:34 pm

    Left wing politicians always keep the poor poor because otherwise their voter base would disappear.

  11. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 26, 2021 12:53 pm

    Global heating’ is an outright lie.

    The Guardian and others reframed ‘global warming’ because it wasn’t scary enough. Simple as that. Now global media use the term even though it has no truth in it whatsoever.

    As for the ‘racism’ angle, laughable.

  12. It doesn't add up... permalink
    May 26, 2021 1:00 pm

    In many US cities, former ghettoes near city centres have been gentrified with upmarket tower blocks, which rather undermines the narrative.

  13. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 26, 2021 1:03 pm

    FYI Paul, Tony Heller’s site is down.

    Error 552.

    Probably just a coincidence that Tony eviscerated Al Gore this week. Yeah, that’ll be it. Just a coincidence.

    • dennisambler permalink
      May 26, 2021 11:36 pm

      Comes up OK now.

  14. Gamecock permalink
    May 26, 2021 1:12 pm

    You can lead a horse to water. If it doesn’t drink, it’s your fault. If it does drink, you are still evil.

    The issue is never the issue. They haven’t quite reached the point where they can be honest. So they still have to be indirect.

    The headline should be, “You are evil.” That’s what the story is saying.

  15. May 26, 2021 2:25 pm

    This pathetic man is playing woke fashion buzz word bingo to be seen as big man (am I still allowed to say man) among the wokerati pushing the envelope of wokeness to ever new heights of asininity. He wants to be “famous” for inventing a new pointless and meaningless term so he can be the darling of the Islington vegan BBQ clique (electric bbqs of course).

    He has clearly been watching the hysterical behaviour of what used to be the Democratic Party in the US and the batsh1t crazies like AOC who infest it reducing everything they pontificate on now as due somehow to racism. She was the first to say that climate change is caused by racism….I kid you not. I actually cannot figure her out and why she is so angry. The petulant way she spouts racism and victimhood in every sentence she utters leaves a stain on all she touches and will have consequences.

  16. Broadlands permalink
    May 26, 2021 2:27 pm

    “Back then, areas with large African-American or immigrant populations were “redlined” in documents by federal officials, and deemed too hazardous for home loans and investment.
    This led to a concentration of poverty and low home ownership rates in some parts of big cities.”

    The home ownership problem was made much worse by Mr. Andrew Coumo who was Clinton’s HUD Secretary. The government forced the banks to make so-called NINJA loans to blacks who they knew would default on the loans. This created the sub-prime financial crisis affecting everyone. All since forgotten?

    NINJA… No income, No job, No assets. Nothing whatever to do with climate or even weather.

  17. Gerry, England permalink
    May 26, 2021 2:31 pm

    I think McGrath has taken the racism bit from wherever he found out about this as I recall seeing this elsewhere. It could even be from a press release, after all McGrath would never have gone anywhere near the actual paper.

  18. Joe Public permalink
    May 26, 2021 2:36 pm

    Presumably ‘climate racism’ doesn’t affect prosperous people of colour who can afford spacious sea-front properties.

    • markl permalink
      May 26, 2021 4:11 pm

      FYI ….. there are many middle class and wealthy “people of color” in America. You know what they are called? Americans.

  19. Gamecock permalink
    May 26, 2021 3:52 pm

    Note that ‘people of color’ is a Leftist term, meaning just what they choose it to mean — neither more nor less.

    The idea being that the reader will form his own definition and apply it.

  20. Vernon E permalink
    May 26, 2021 6:57 pm

    This thread is so far up its own arse to be boring. Paul, can we please get back to the old days.

  21. John189 permalink
    May 26, 2021 9:42 pm

    From the McGrath article: “Cities are well known magnifiers of a WARMER climate” (emphasis mine). He can’t even get the warmist narrative out of a simple description of a heat island which is, after all, still a heat island whether the climate is warming or not. But fantastic to read a BBC article which acknowledges the impact of the heat island effect. I am sure they will refer to this the next time Heathrow records a significantly higher temeprature than other sites nearby.

  22. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    May 26, 2021 10:39 pm

    Or else so truly jamed up canon fodder’s McLaugh’s arse.
    Prey she find’s it akin to sliding down a razor blade every time she types this pysops.
    Shear Sqealer style propaganda.
    Like the Root thread, aimed at folk that don’t read sites such as this one.
    All it needs is constant repetition – day after day – and the threat of bad concequences should one choose to reject the (Green) New Life.

  23. Simon Maxwell permalink
    May 27, 2021 9:13 pm

    Good grief. What the hell is it with lefty media such as the BBC and Grauniad? They have to bring racism into every bloody thing. Even inventing something called “climate racism”. The left are going beyond parody.

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