Photo by @jbrussell for @everydayclimatechange California Dreaming. People walking along an idyllic, impeccably groomed oceanfront in Orange County. Southern California’s warm weather, beautiful landscapes and laid-back beach lifestyle has long attracted people to the region. According to Reuters and Fortune magazine, in 2016 the State of California surpassed France to become the world’s sixth largest economy. The environmental effects of climate change are undeniable, however the economic impact will also be devastating. A recent report commissioned by a collection of business and policy leaders dedicated to publicizing the economic costs of unabated climate change claims that the impact of global warming will cost California thousands of lives and billions of dollars in the next century. The research predicts that unless greenhouse gas emissions are curtailed, $19 billion of property will be underwater by the end of the century due to rising sea levels. The number of days per year above 95 degrees will increase several fold making wildfires worse, increasing electricity consumption, causing electricity prices to rise and lowering worker productivity. Hotter temperatures will worsen the current drought crisis, damage crop yields and could also cause an extra 20 deaths per 100,000 people, or about 3,500 additional deaths per year, across coastal Southern California. Laguna Beach, California, USA. #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #globalwarming #california #orangecounty #lagunabeach #usa #economy
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