Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Economic impacts of climate change will jump over next two decades

Climate change-induced higher sea levels combined with storm surge will likely increase the average annual cost of coastal storms along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico by $2 billion to $3.5 billion, according to a new report by the Risky Business Project.

When hurricanes are factored in, that tab will rise to $7.3 billion, the report says. Coastal property and infrastructure will bear the brunt of the damage. This will bring annual price tag for hurricanes and other coastal storms to $35 billion.

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