What is the cost of climate change? A new study shows that a global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths. Every year.
The major government study also found that the country would save hundreds of billions of dollars worth of economic losses. The Washington Post elaborates:
Slowing the carbon build-up in the atmosphere would also prevent severe damage to a wide range of critical ecosystems, from Hawaiian coral reefs that support tourism to shellfish beds off the East Coast, said the report released by the White House on Monday.
If that’s not enough, new research from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Officer and insurer Lloyd’s of London finds that, without major changes, humanity as a whole risks a catastrophic collapse in our ability to feed ourselves by mid-century due to climate change.
The results were astounding:
“The results show that based on plausible climate trends, and a total failure to change course, the global food supply system would face catastrophic losses, and an unprecedented epidemic of food riots. In this scenario, global society essentially collapses as food production falls permanently short of consumption.”
It’s not too late to avoid the worst effects of human-made climate change: We can save lives, prevent a potential economic collapse, and ensure there is no global food shortage by taking global action on climate change now.