$1.8 billion quote ~ a sense of perspective on climate change costs

June 19, 2008 at 7:10 am | Posted in Climate change, Environment, Global warming | Leave a comment
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“To fully grasp the ramifications of the surge in extreme droughts and floods that is forecast in this report, one need only look at the widespread devastation across the Midwest.  Levees are being breached, tens of thousands of residents have been displaced, and the President is asking Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency aid to help the region recover – that is roughly the entire annual federal budget for climate change research programs.  Simply put, climate change is a problem we cannot afford to ignore.”

– Dr. Richard Moss, WWF’s vice president for climate change, quoted in the WWF press release dated 19 June 2008:

Climate Change Fueling Extreme Weather Events, Government Study Finds

He was commenting on the report Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate – Regions of Focus: North America, Hawaii, Caribbean, and U.S. Pacific Islands, which was issued by the government’s Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) today, 19 June 2008.

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