Published on September 29th, 2012 | by James Ayre4
Climate Change Is Already Costing the Global Economy & 400,000 Lives/Year, Finds Report
September 29th, 2012 by James Ayre
The economic and human costs of climate change are already here according to a new study; significantly contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing upwards of $1.2 trillion a year in economic costs — that’s 1.6% of the annual global GDP.
Developing countries have so far been bearing the brunt of the damage, according to the research. The agricultural production systems there, when damaged by extreme weather, directly cause the deaths of the people depending on them; from malnutrition, poverty, and associated diseases.
Maybe surprising to some people, air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels is itself contributing to the deaths of at the very least 4.5 million people a year, the report found.