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    • August 2015
    • 9780231174565
  • 384 Pages
  • 120 color figures

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    • August 2015
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  • 120 color figures

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Economic Risks of Climate Change

An American Prospectus

Trevor Houser, Solomon Hsiang, Robert Kopp, Kate Larsen, Michael Delgado, Amir Jina, Michael Mastrandrea, Shashank Mohan, Robert Muir-Wood, D. J. Rasmussen, James Rising, and Paul Wilson. Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg, Thomas F. Steyer, and Henry M. Paulson

Climate change threatens the economy of the United States in myriad ways, including increased flooding and storm damage, altered crop yields, lost labor productivity, higher crime, reshaped public-health patterns, and strained energy systems, among many other effects. Combining the latest climate models, state-of-the-art econometric research on human responses to climate, and cutting-edge private-sector risk-assessment tools, Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus crafts a game-changing profile of the economic risks of climate change in the United States.

This prospectus is based on a critically acclaimed independent assessment of the economic risks posed by climate change commissioned by the Risky Business Project. With new contributions from Karen Fisher-Vanden, Michael Greenstone, Geoffrey Heal, Michael Oppenheimer, and Nicholas Stern and Bob Ward, as well as a foreword from Risky Business cochairs Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Thomas Steyer, the book speaks to scientists, researchers, scholars, activists, and policy makers. It depicts the distribution of escalating climate-change risk across the country and assesses its effects on aspects of the economy as varied as hurricane damages and violent crime. Beautifully illustrated and accessibly written, this book is an essential tool for helping businesses and governments prepare for the future.

About the Author

Trevor Houser is a partner at Rhodium Group, a firm that combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools, and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources work.

Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Robert Kopp is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers University and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Kate Larsen is a director at Rhodium Group and manages the firm's work on U.S. and global climate-change issues.

"Points the way toward a new era in climate-risk analysis.... [T]he authors not only provide a basis for rational judgments by policy makers but also open a new avenue toward progressive improvement in our understanding of risk." — From the opening commentary by Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University

"Solid scholarship shows that we can improve the economy through wise use of our knowledge of climate change and energy. Better quantifying the uncertainties and near-certainties will help guide wise policies. Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus is an important step forward." — Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University, author of Earth: The Operators? Manual

"This report has changed my understanding of what climate change means for the United States, providing incredibly detailed visibility into regional changes in climate and their economic consequences to specific sectors. Given its unique ability to touch home for so many, I suspect the study will ultimately be considered a landmark contribution in our understanding of this complex and vital subject." — From the opening commentary by Michael Greenstone, University of Chicago

"This report is a careful, very timely and fundamentally important contribution.... Its legacy should be continued research to assess and, where possible, quantify those impacts that cannot now be avoided, and which must be adapted to, as well as to gain a better grasp of just how huge the risks of unmanaged climate change are likely to be, even for a superpower." — From the opening commentary by Lord Nicholas Stern and Bob Ward, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

About the Author

Trevor Houser is a partner at Rhodium Group, a firm that combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools, and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources work.

Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Robert Kopp is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers University and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Kate Larsen is a director at Rhodium Group and manages the firm's work on U.S. and global climate-change issues.

Foreword, by Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry M. Paulson Jr., and Thomas F. Steyer
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
Part 1. America's Climate Future
Opening Commentary, by Michael Oppenheimer
2. What We Know
3. What Comes Next
4. U.S. Climate Projections
Part 2. Assessing the Impact of America's Changing Climate
Opening Commentary, by Michael Greenstone
5. An Evidence-Based Approach
6. Agriculture
7. Labor
8. Health
9. Crime
10. Energy
11. Coastal Communities
Part 3. Pricing Climate Risk
Opening Commentary, by Geoffrey Heal
12. From Impacts to Economics
13. Direct Costs and Benefits
14. Macroeconomic Effects
15. Valuing Risk and Inequality
Part 4. Unquantified Impacts
Opening Commentary, by Nicholas Stern and Bob Ward
16. What We Miss
17. Water
18. Forests
19. Tourism
20. National Security
Part 5. Insights for Climate-Risk Management
Opening Commentary, by Karen Fisher-Vanden
21. Mitigation
22. Adaptation
Technical Appendixes
Appendix A. Physical Climate Projections
Appendix B. Climate Impacts
Appendix C. Detailed Sectoral Models
Appendix D. Integrated Economic Analysis
Appendix E. Valuing Risk and Unequal Impacts
References
About the Authors
Index

About the Author

Trevor Houser is a partner at Rhodium Group, a firm that combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools, and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources work.

Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Robert Kopp is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers University and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Kate Larsen is a director at Rhodium Group and manages the firm's work on U.S. and global climate-change issues.

About the Author

Trevor Houser is a partner at Rhodium Group, a firm that combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools, and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources work.

Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Robert Kopp is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers University and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Kate Larsen is a director at Rhodium Group and manages the firm's work on U.S. and global climate-change issues.

About the Author

Trevor Houser is a partner at Rhodium Group, a firm that combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools, and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources work.

Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Robert Kopp is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers University and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Kate Larsen is a director at Rhodium Group and manages the firm's work on U.S. and global climate-change issues.

About the Author

Trevor Houser is a partner at Rhodium Group, a firm that combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools, and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. He leads the firm's energy and natural resources work.

Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Robert Kopp is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Rutgers University and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Kate Larsen is a director at Rhodium Group and manages the firm's work on U.S. and global climate-change issues.