The Rising Death Toll from Climate Change

From a new-to-me newsgroup: PolicyShop.Net (A Project of Demos where Bob Herbert is a fellow.)

The Rising Death Toll from Climate Change

new study finds that climate change is already contributing to 400,000 deaths per year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, or 1.6 percent of global GDP. The report was commissioned by 20 governments and written by more than 50 scientists, economists and policy experts. In the report, the authors detail how the vast majority of deaths occur in developing countries and that the world’s poorest communities within lower and middle-income communities are most exposed to climate change risks. Based on the current trajectory, by 2030, climate change will cause close to 700,000 deaths per year and the cost of climate change and air pollution combined will rise to 3.2 percent of global GDP

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