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Mark Buchanan

Climate Change Costs a Lot More Than We Recognize

Most estimates ignore the sociopolitical repercussions.
You can't ignore this.

You can't ignore this.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The latest U.S. government report on climate change illustrates how expensive the phenomenon can be: It estimates that more frequent flooding, more violent hurricanes and more intense wildfires, among other things, have cost the country $1.1 trillion since 1980.

What's particularly striking, though, is how much the report and others like it are still missing.