16 May '11, 5pm

Pay Now or Pay Later II: report finds all states lose from inaction on climate change

Within the table, for each state you can click on the link for the complete factsheet, where you will find a much richer discussion (click here for links to all 50 states). Given the uncertainty of future impacts, many damages are not quantified. Instead, the size of the economic sector exposed is given. Note that this does not mean that the entire sector will be lost. It is simply intended to give the reader a sense of the potential magnitude of an impact: the larger the sector or economic activity exposed, the higher absolute damages are likely to be. For an excellent overview of impacts in the US as a whole, I also recommend a 2009 report from the US Global Climate Change Research Program, and a new report just released by the National Academies of Science.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ljohnson/pay_now_or_pay...

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