Reviewing more than 100 current climate studies, two University of California, Berkeley researchers concluded that global waming is already taking a heavy toll on people and economic activity the world over.
The combination of thermal expansion, melting ice, and extreme precipitation are contributing to flooding, which significantly increases the costs of climate change. Recent flooding in Central Europe accrued unprecedented costs and the UK in particular experienced some of the worst flooding in the island nation’s history. We have seen record setting downpours in Japan and recurrent widespread flooding in Australia. Last summer, we…
Global climate is on track for changes including a greater than 2°C rise in average temperature, and that’s going to result in adaptation costs for developing countries well above the World Bank’s 2°C estimate of $70 billion by 2020 and as much as $100 billion per year by 2050, according to a report produced by ActionAid, Care, GermanWatch and WWF, which in a report introduced at the Bonn Climate Change Conference urge government leaders to adopt a set of policies to scale up and accelerate climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Climate change deniers continue to try to hammer home their messages, but the costs of not enacting strong, consistent and equitable climate change action plans are already apparent and they will only grow far greater with passing time, as a string of recent events and research reports indicate.