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Among the many alarming effects of climate change, one receives far less attention than it deserves: its economic effect on the working poor.

Most discussions of climate change acknowledge its disproportionate effect on poor communities in developing countries, primarily due to the risk of famine, displacement and disease from rising sea levels, and increases in the severity and frequency of storms or droughts. But our planet's changing climate is also proving treacherous to the working poor in industrialized nations.

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