Online Origin: The cost of climate change

(WNCT) Extreme weather events have increased in intensity and frequency over the past few decades, and scientists say humans have a huge hand in causing change. As the severe weather increases, so will the cost.

First, the financial cost.

A study published by the National Bureau of Economics found that an increase in average global temperature reduces per capita GDP.

Extreme events affect economic growth when temperatures rise too high or below the norm, so society can address the immediate effects (such as floods) rather than investing in other areas of the economy.

By the turn of the century, the United States will have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on climate change.

The water crisis, the health costs associated with pollution, and the damaged infrastructure are just a few examples of what government agencies need to budget for in recent centuries.

Another expense is the growing inequality and mortality rate in the United States.

Researchers predict that a one-degree rise in temperature will increase the death rate by 5.4 per 100,000 people.

Other expected effects include more mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus, rising currents and lake temperatures, which will reduce oxygen levels and damage water quality.

First warning meteorologist Joe Mintz says you need to be prepared for anything this hurricane season.

We don’t know what the future holds and that’s the scary thing, it could increase tenfold it could double.

Joe Mintz, first warning meteorologist

Your regular storm preparation may need to change as well as increase climate change.

This is because areas that are not affected by severe weather events such as hurricanes will begin to be affected.

There was a completely underwater area that had never seen such a flood before, the whole area had to be removed so that you would unfortunately die if you didn’t leave.

The areas that were completely submerged were such that this type of flood had never been seen before, the whole area had to be removed so that if you did not leave you would unfortunately die.

Joe Mintz, first warning meteorologist

And sometimes, preparation is simply not enough. Packing and leaving may be the only way to survive extreme weather.

If they tell you to go out, get out. That’s all you can do to listen to the National Weather Service.

Joe Mintz, first warning meteorologist

If you’re interested in learning more about climate change – watch the Joe Mintz video post on why the Arctic is getting hotter than other countries in the world.

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