By Jason Middleton
In June 2017, the Climate Impact Lab published a study detailing which counties in the United States would be most widely affected by global temperature rise.
And the findings — yes, using a heat map — showed that the southeastern United States, and the lower Midwest, would be hardest hit by climate change. Which seems ironic if you indulge the stereotype that those are precisely the areas of the country, culturally, that tend to deny climate change is “a thing.”
This week on Techonomics, in segment one, we speak with a co-author of the study, “Study finds climate change damages U.S. economy, increases inequality.”
We wanted to do a six-month checkup with Amir Jina, assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and environmental and development economist. We pose the questions: Has the irrefutable data changed opinions on climate change? Or has it (at least) created any converts?
The elegant formula the researchers uncovered is copy/paste if you want to use it at a dinner party or any conversation, really: The U.S. will face a 1.2 percent drop in gross domestic product, the value of goods produced and services rendered in the count.
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