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Explainer: How much did climate change ‘cost’ in the 20th century

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From heatwaves to hurricanes, working out the dollar cost of climate change is a tough task. Often used by policymakers to weigh up the costs and benefits of tackling rising emissions, the topic is not without controversy. A recent study suggesting that human-caused climate change brought benefits in the 20th century offers a good starting point to explore a few of the issues that surround this fraught, complex topic.

March 1, 2017 — The research, published in the journal Public Library of Science, claims the world has experienced a “significant drop” in estimated climate impacts “since the late 1990s” and that Continue reading Explainer: How much did climate change ‘cost’ in the 20th century