The costs of climate change are already devastating local communities and economies. Without action, those costs will escalate.
Climate change is already taking a heavy toll on communities across the U.S.— from record-breaking wildfires, rising heat, chronic flooding and more. The impacts will only grow worse without urgent action. Now, research can show us the potential cost of climate inaction; not just 50 years from now when our children and grandchildren will pay the price, but within the next 10 to 20 years.
In this research series, we highlight near-term costs of climate inaction across four states: Florida, Arizona, Iowa and North Carolina.
Using research on future climate change impacts, we analyze several potential costs of inaction, ranging from property tax revenue to heat-related deaths.