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Unclear metrics impair San Diego's climate equity index

The Super8 motel on Palm Avenue in the Nestor district of San Diego, July 16, 2017.
Tom Fudge
The Super8 motel on Palm Avenue in the Nestor district of San Diego. July 16, 2017.

In 2019, San Diego unveiled its Climate Equity Index.

The index essentially ranks all the city's neighborhoods based on access to opportunity and the risks of being harmed by climate change.

It's meant to guide city decision-making so the communities on the front lines of the climate crisis get help first.

The tool is far from perfect, however, as lower-income neighborhoods such as San Diego's Nestor district is currently marked as being in less need of climate equity than the neighboring, more affluent community of Ocean View Hills.

Voice of San Diego Environmental Reporter MacKenzie Elmer joined Midday Edition on Monday with more on the story.