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Severe climate change costs forecast for Pennsylvania, N.C., Tennessee, N.D.
Date:9/24/2008

that lie ahead," Ruth adds. "Many states are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and these studies suggest that the resulting impacts could create serious economic dislocation, running, in many cases to billions of dollars. Some of the climate changes have already been set in motion and these will create economic effects. But inaction or delay will only worsen the situation."

STATE FINDINGS IN BRIEF

North Carolina: Most significant impact likely felt along the coastline, but damage to agriculture, forestry and manufacturing could also occur with total costs running into billions of dollars. Details: http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/sociss/2008/cierfinal4page2.cfm

North Dakota: "If drought and flooding increase as predicted, crop and livestock productivity is likely to decrease. Climate change also may cause losses in the tourism industry and increase the cost of maintaining infrastructure," says the report. It also projects a decline in hydroelectric production capacity. Total losses could cost the state millions of dollars. Details: http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/sociss/2008/cierfinal4page2.cfm

Pennsylvania: "Overall, climate change may create significant economic costs for infrastructure, manufacturing, water resources, and agriculture; forestry may see some economic benefits," says the CIER report. Total costs could run into billions of dollars. Details: http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/sociss/2008/cierfinal4page2.cfm

Tennessee: Increases in temperature greater than the global average, a seven percent increase in precipitation, along with increases in extreme weather, are predicted for the state. The forestry sector may see some benefits from these changes, but the state's strained water
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Contact: Neil Tickner
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301-405-4622
University of Maryland
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