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Arctic ice melt could cost $28tln by 2050: report

February 6, 2010

Full Article at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/arctic-ice-melt-could-cost-28tln-by-2050-report-20100206-nj47.html

Arctic ice melting could cost global agriculture, real estate and insurance anywhere from $US2.4 trillion ($2.8 billion) to $US24 trillion by 2050 in damage from rising sea levels, floods and heat waves, according to a report released on Friday.

“Everybody around the world is going to bear these costs,” said Eban Goodstein, a resource economist at Bard College in New York state who co-authored the report, called “Arctic Treasure, Global Assets Melting Away.”

He said the report, reviewed by more than a dozen scientists and economists and funded by the Pew Environment Group, an arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts, provides a first attempt to monetize the cost of the loss of one of the world’s great weather makers.

“The Arctic is the planet’s air conditioner and it’s starting to break down,” he said.

Full Article at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/arctic-ice-melt-could-cost-28tln-by-2050-report-20100206-nj47.html

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