A new study, led by Constructive client Climate Impact Lab, sheds light on potential temperature increases and economic consequence specific to each state. While forecasting temperature impact is nothing new, doing so regionally for the United States and in relation to gross domestic product is. Maine might benefit from milder winters while Alabama will be at a greater risk for heat-related deaths, and Florida at a high risk of rising sea levels and diminishing property values. The study projects that by the 2080s, for every 1 degree Fahrenheit rise in global temperature, the US could face damages equal to .7 percent of G.D.P.. Furthermore, states like Texas and Arizona could experience losses of 20 percent or more of G.D.P. due to the continued rise of unchecked emissions.
Climate Impact Lab hopes that the information provided encourages action to prevent such outcomes, or at the very least propels regions to prepare for conditions via construction of cooling centers to help mitigate the number of heat-related deaths.
So far, the study has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Verge, and The Atlantic. We’re incredibly proud of the work Climate Impact Lab continues to produce and equally humbled to help bring their findings to life. Both as individuals and an agency, we are happy in our ongoing work with climate science, research, and big data with clients such as ClimateWorks, The Regulatory Assistance Project, and The Yale Environmental Performance Index.