18 Nov '11, 4pm

Climate change is costing you money - in so many ways.

When I speak to lawmakers and business leaders about the costs of climate change, they tend to think in terms of damaged property and lost agricultural revenue. Certainly the fires in Texas and the flooding from Vermont to Virginia have brought home the staggering costs associated with rebuilding homes and replanting crops. But one cost of extreme weather has gone nearly unreported: health care. In a groundbreaking study published recently in Health Affairs , a group of NRDC scientists and university economists looked at six climate-change-related events that happened in the United States in the last decade. These extreme events accounted for more than $14 billion in health-related care costs and more than 760,000 interactions with the health care system. As climate change intensifies, these medical bills will rise dramatically . Today a report by the world’s leading body ...

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