Southern states in USA will suffer most from climate change

Climate change could cause US Economy to decline

A new study on the economic impact of climate change on the USA in Science is covered in New York Times story headed As Climate Changes, Southern States Will Suffer More Than Others. “In all, the researchers estimate that the nation could face damages worth 0.7 percent of gross domestic product per year by the 2080s for every 1 degree Fahrenheit rise in global temperature. But that overall number obscures wide variations: The worst-hit counties — mainly in states that already have warm climates, like Arizona or Texas — could see losses worth 10 to 20 percent of G.D.P. or more if emissions continue to rise unchecked.” The Time story headed Climate Change Could Spark Another Great Recession. This Time, It May Be Permanent notes that “losses will be far higher in some of the country’s poorest areas.

Source: Estimating economic damage from climate change in the United States, 30 June, Science ($).

Map of predicted damage from climate change, New York Times, 29 June 2017.

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