Study: Texas economy could face chilling effect from climate change

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With climate change expected to bring hotter temperatures in the decades to come, a new study shows that the Texas economy could face a chilling effect, with more expensive electricity, higher crime, and increased coastal damage.

In the study published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers analyzed how agriculture, crime, health, energy demand, labor and coastal communities will be impacted by the effects of climate change-including higher temperatures, changing rainfall, rising seas and intensifying hurricanes.

The study found that if nothing was done to mitigate climate change, long-term economic costs could be on par with the Great Recession, with states in the South and lower Midwest facing the worst consequences.

Harris County could face damages worth up to 6 percent of G.D.P a year beginning in 2080. Some counties in Texas could fare much worse, facing damages worth up to 20 percent of G.D.P.

“In the absence of major efforts to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience, the Gulf Coast will take a massive hit,” said Robert Kopp, a professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers, in a press release. “Its exposure to sea-level rise-made worse by potentially stronger hurricanes-poses a major risk to its communities.”


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