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

resources may suffer, as may infrastructure, the hunting industry and public health. Economic losses could run into billions of dollars.Details: http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/sociss/2008/cierfinal4page2.cfm

The complete reports are available online.
http://cier.umd.edu/climateadaptation/
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/environ/ClimatePubs.htm.

LESSONS FOR ALL STATES

The reports offer five "lessons" derived from the researchers' analysis:

  1. "There are already considerable costs to society associated with infrastructures, agricultural and silvicultural practices, land use choices, transportation and consumptive behaviors that are not in synch with past and current climatic conditions. These costs are likely to increase as climate change accelerates over the century to come."

  2. "The effects of climate change should not be considered in isolation. Every state's economy is linked to the economies of surrounding states as well as to the national and global economy. While the economic costs of climate change are predicted to vary significantly from state to state, the negative impacts that regional, national and global markets may experience are likely to affect all states and many sectors."

  3. "While some of the benefits from climate change may accrue to individual farms or businesses, the cost of dealing with adverse climate impacts are typically borne by society as a whole. These costs to society will not be uniformly distributed but felt most among small businesses and farms, the elderly and socially marginalized groups."

  4. "The costs of inaction are persistent and lasting. Benefits from climate change may be brief and fleeting - for example, climate does not stop changing once a farm benefite
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Contact: Neil Tickner
ntickner@umd.edu
301-405-4622
University of Maryland
Source:Eurekalert

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