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The Cost of Global Warming - By the Numbers

Sceptics and opponents often argue that the cost of combatting global warming will have a negative impact on our economy and be cost prohibitive. But the cost of NOT addressing global San Franciscowarming is a greater threat.

153 million
Number of Americans who live along the coasts.

1-3 feet
Projected sea level rise in the next 100 years

hurricane$1.9 billion
Cost of upgrades to drinking and wastewater infrastructures in Hawaii alone over the next 20 years due to projected sea level rise.

90%
Amount of increase in homeowner's insurance in coastal areas in South Carolina over the last year.

$35 billion
Amount of insured losses caused by hurricanes in 2004 & 2005 in Florida alone. Hurricanes will become more intense due to global warming.


$6 billion
Estimated economic loss in California's Central Valley during forecasted dry years due to decreased rainfall - another consequence of global warming.

wildfire7 million
Number acres of forests burned in the National Forest System each year for the last 4 years. Global warming is predicted to cause more frequent and more severe forest fires in the West.

$1.3 billion
Cost of the last four years of fires in the National Forest System.

100%
Projected growth of the US economy by 2030.

0.74%
Projected cost of smart cap-and-trade climate policy on US economic output in 2030.

0
Number of bills passed by Congress to cap and reduce America's global warming pollution.

Source: Environmental Defense. Photo: Freefoto.com

These facts have been compiled from various sources including the Environmental Protection Agency, The National Resources Defense Center, and The Union of Concerned Scientists. While I make every effort to provide accurate information, I make no warranty or guarantee that the facts presented here are exact. We welcome all polite corrections to our information.



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