New York – In advance of Earth Day, a new research brief from non-partisan public policy organization Demos sounds a wake up call for policymakers and voters: “The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Climate Change in Arizona” lays out how Arizonans’ health, economy, and environment are already suffering the effects of climate change and how continued inaction on climate change promises dire consequences in the coming decades.
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As “The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Climate Change in Arizona” explains, temperatures in Arizona have already increased by almost two degrees in recent decades, more rapidly than any other state in the lower 48, and are projected to increase another three to five degrees in 2050. Leading climate research shows how, if unchecked, this climate change will put heavy pressures on the state’s public health, water supply, and economy-driving industries, including:
“A serious commitment to combating climate change is the only way to spare Arizona’s state economy and natural environment the certain fate that’s beginning to be played out now,” explained Dr. Mijin Cha, Senior Policy Analyst at Demos. “When policies are being drafted, leaders must consider the real long-term environmental and economic impact our decision will have. Short-sighted planning has gotten Arizona where it is today, and it is not where it can afford to be tomorrow.”
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