A study published in the journal Science in June is the most extensive model available of what climate change could cost the United States, county by county. The study is the first of its kind, linking climate projections with economic effects like mortality, labor productivity, energy demand and crop yields.
• By far, the largest economic cost across the U.S. is loss of human life to heat-related injuries
• The (already relatively poor) American South and lower Midwest will bear the brunt of the economic costs
• The most at-risk county is Florida’s Union County, which stands to lose 28 percent of its income.
• Several counties in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nevada will experience benefits through 2099.
• Counties in Florida will be particularly hard-hit, along with places in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.