Abrupt Climate Change and the Economy: A survey with application to Oregon

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dc.contributor.author Climate Leadership Initiative
dc.contributor.author Goodstein, Eban S., 1960-
dc.contributor.author Doppelt, Bob
dc.date.accessioned 2006-07-11T15:25:36Z
dc.date.available 2006-07-11T15:25:36Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/3030
dc.description 12 p. report and 2 maps depicting the potential impacts of catastrophic sea level rise on Oregon and on the Portland and Tillamook areas due to a collapse of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. en
dc.description.abstract The general warming of the Earth that is expected over the next century will have serious economic consequences for humans and natural ecosystems across the world. The Pacific Northwest is already experiencing adverse affects and more are likely the warmer it gets. [Resource Innovations (2005)] This will be true even if warming proceeds gradually. Globally, temperatures are expected to rise between 1◦ and 5◦ c (2◦-10◦ F) over the next hundred years. [IPCC (2001)] Regional warming is expected to be 5.4 ◦ F by mid-century. [Institute of Natural Resources (2004)] To put these numbers in perspective, during the last Ice Age, global temperatures averaged 9◦ F cooler than today, so a mid-range warming will approach a swing in global temperatures of Ice Age magnitude, only in the opposite direction. In Oregon, the most visible short run impacts will be felt through loss of snowpack and dramatic reductions in summer water supply for agriculture, and municipal and in-stream uses, as well as through sea level rise, and forest impacts. [Resource Innovations (2005)] This paper sketches the possibilities for more abrupt changes in the climate system, which would have potentially catastrophic impacts for the Oregon’s economy, and evaluates insurance motives for reducing global warming emissions in the state. en
dc.description.sponsorship This report was sponsored by the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) at the University of Oregon. The CLI is an educational, research, and technical assistance consortium aimed at increasing public understanding of the risks and opportunities posed by global warming. Website: http://climlead.uoregon.edu en
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dc.publisher Resource Innovations, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon en
dc.subject Climate change en
dc.subject Climatic changes -- Economic aspects -- Oregon en
dc.title Abrupt Climate Change and the Economy: A survey with application to Oregon en
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