President of the University of Miami, Former HHS Secretary, and Risk Committee Member Donna Shalala: "In Florida, as with other coastal states, property development has only been possible because our sea levels have remained relatively stable over the past several centuries. But that’s no longer the case. Our oceans are rising at an accelerating pace primarily as a result of the thermal expansion and melting ice caused by climate change."
Factsheet: Florida Likely to Face Greatest Losses to Coastal Property from Storms, Tides; Highest Death Toll from Extreme Heat
Florida is likely to be among the states hit hardest by the impacts of climate change, with sea level rise likely to destroy billions of dollars’ worth of coastal property. Under a “business as usual” scenario—in which business and political leaders maintain the status quo of carbon emissions—extreme heat resulting from climate change is also likely to drive up electricity costs and take a heavy toll on workers and vulnerable communities.
Too often in the U.S., the climate conversation falls down one of two partisan rabbit holes—ending up either focused on the question of whether the science is “real” or whether one particular policy solution is a job killer or creator. In falling into these familiar debates, both supporters and opponents miss a basic question: How much economic risk do we face from climate change?
Former HHS Sec. Donna Shalala and Johns Hopkins Dean Emeritus Dr. Alfred Sommer: "Imagine if we experienced multiple Chicago heat waves every summer, in cities all across the country. That is the direction we are headed unless we change course and take strong, decisive action to curb climate change."
Former HUD Sec. Henry Cisneros: "For the past decade, Texans have enjoyed a robust economy, buoyed by an enduring oil and gas boom, a surging real estate and jobs market, and a new wave of transplants ... But looking into the not-to-distant future, several pillars of our economic engine could be threatened by a changing climate."
Texas is likely to be among the states hit hardest by the impacts of climate change, with extreme heat taking its toll on workers, crops, and vulnerable communities. Under a “business as usual” scenario—in which business and political leaders maintain the status quo of carbon emissions—climate change is also likely to drive up electricity costs and destroy billions of dollars’ worth of coastal property.
Food giants Cargill and General Mills believe in climate change. Will they defend themselves from it?
"[Farmers] want to succeed and make money. It only makes sense that they look at the best science as they try to do that. And now, because they are trying to use the science rather than fight it, they are assessing it with an open mind, looking for the information that is most likely to help them," writes Nathanael Johnson of Grist, after interviewing Risk Committee member Greg Page.
Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and former HHS Sec. Donna Shalala: "As a Republican and Democrat, we teamed up to make the case that at its core, climate change should not be a political issue. Instead, it is fundamentally about risks to our safety and economy, and how to reduce those risks."
"Everything that is challenging about producing more food for a world that is more populous, more urban and more affluent becomes more so when faced with a changing climate."
Henry Paulson on lessons for climate change in the 2008 recession: "We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs are clear and growing more urgent as the risks go unchecked. This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore."