Climate Change: Impacts of Climate Change

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Mapping the Gap: The Road from Paris

This factsheet outlines the financial options for meeting the COP21 agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius or below, finding that global investment in new renewable electric power generation will need to reach $12.1 trillion in the next 25 years. Assuming “business-as-usual” will bring in $6.9 trillion in renewables investment, this leaves a “gap” of $5.2 trillion that must be additionally invested to reach the 2 degree target.

Climate Change: A Risk Assessment

This report assesses the various risks associated with climate change. It takes a holistic approach to investigate the future pathway of global emissions, the direct risks arising from the climate’s response to those emissions, and the risks arising from the interaction of climate change with complex human systems. The assessment is divided into four parts covering 1) emissions trends and political and technological implications, 2) direct risks associated with climate change, 3) systemic risks, and 4) economical and ethical valuation of climate change.

Clean Power: The Case for Carbon Pollution Limits

This resource book provides information about the economic, environmental, and social imperative for the Clean Power Plan. It begins with a handful of chapters covering the consequences of climate change as it pertains to human health, extreme weather events, national security, wildlife habitats, and more. NRDC emphasizes that all these consequences are far costlier than implementation of the Clean Power Plan. The last several chapters of this book describe why the Clean Power Plan is important and how it will benefit the public, the economy, and the power grid.

Encroaching Tides

This report describes how sea level rise caused by climate change will impact the United State’s coastal communities in future years. It includes a set of recommendations for local and national action to increase resiliency. Infographics and snapshots of vulnerable U.S. communities are interspersed throughout the report. More information is available on UCS’s Encroaching Tides webpage.

Better Growth, Better Climate

Playing with Fire

This report describes how hotter, drier weather conditions caused by climate change will increase the risk of wildfires in the western United States. It highlights the risks of increased wildfires on people and homes, and the costs that are incurred. The report concludes with a discussion of policies and practices to help reduce wildfire risks and costs. More information is available at UCS’s Playing with Fire webpage.

Risky Business: A Climate Risk Assessment for the United States.

This report assesses the range of potential climate change impacts if the U.S. continues on its current greenhouse gas emissions trajectory. Impacts are categorized into eight U.S. regions as well as various economic sectors. The report finds that climate change impacts will be felt across all regions and sectors, though in different ways, and will cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars. The report’s conclusion urges decision-makers to help reduce the effects of climate change through investment and policy action.

American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States

This prospectus, prepared as input to the Risky Business Project, analyzes the economic impacts associated with climate change in the United States. It compiles results from a variety of data and literary sources to inform business leaders and government decision-makers of climate change risks and opportunities in various geographic regions and economic sectors. The report is divided into five parts; 1) America's climate future, 2) assessing the impact of America's changing climate, 3) pricing climate risk, 4) unquantified impacts, and 5) insights for climate risk management.

U.S. National Climate Assessment

This Third National Climate Assessment highlights the U.S.’s current climate change impacts, the state of its climate change research, and predictions about future climate change impacts. Climate change impacts are discussed in the report in terms of the geographic regions as well as the economic sectors in which they occur. It concludes with recommendations for response strategies, including mitigation and adaptation efforts as well as support for policy decisions, research, and continued assessments.

Climate Change Indicators in the United States

This report, which compiles data from a number of governmental organizations, universities, NGOs, and international institutions, presents 30 indicators that describe the major causes and effects of climate change, mainly as they occur in the United States. Indicators are categorized into six groups; greenhouse gases, weather and climate, oceans, snow and ice, health and society, and ecosystems.

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