Going Green

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

City Rank and Projected Cost Exposure to Global Warming

A lot can happen in 63 years which is the timespan of this projection.

Warming risks listed by population, costs

Report: 150 million could be affected by 2070 at cost of $35 trillion

PARIS - The number of people threatened by coastal flooding due to climate change could more than triple by 2070 and the financial impact could balloon to $35 trillion, according to a report released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Paris-based OECD, an international non-governmental organization that collects and studies economic statistics and social data, called for quick action on coastal defenses for cities at risk, saying it can take 30 years to build defenses for vulnerable cities.

"Climate change is already happening, and concerted action is...(complete article here).

Maybe the preparation for flooding will be an economic stimulus. Many of the cities projected to endure the greatest impact are being overwhelmed by the poor leaving the countryside for a "better" opportunity in the city. I suppose they can be put to work building levees.

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