Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Climate Change Will Worsen US Poverty

Yet another study has exposed the cruel cost of climate change as it increases US poverty. It could be worse than the Great Recession.

Abandoned Texas Dustbowl farm, 1938: The poor will make the rich richer. (Image Credit: Dorothea Lange, via Wikimedia Commons) Click to Enlarge.
US researchers have calculated the detailed cost of climate change for all of the 3,143 counties in the country.  The outlook is bleak, and US poverty is set to grow .

If global warming continues unabated, then near the end of this century the poorest third of the counties in the US could suffer economic damage that could cost up to 20% of their income.

Those counties in the south and southern midwest, already poor and hot, will lose the most. Rising temperatures will also have an impact on property crime, violent crime, agriculture, energy, coastal storms, and human mortality.

Every 1°C rise in average temperatures could lift death rates by 5.4 per 100,000 and could cost 1.2% of gross domestic product, according to a new study in the journal Science.

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