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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.

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.

Projected growth of the US economy by 2030.

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

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

Source: Environmental Defense. Photo:

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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