How the rich are leaving the poor to sink in a warming world
Andrew Simms, David Woodward, Petra Kjell
10 December 2004
Cast Adrift illustrates the scale of adaptation costs in rich countries.
This includes the costs associated with increased insurance liability and business risk, additional building and construction costs, early warning systems, sea and river defences, health, water, agriculture, legal adaptation and tourism.
The figures drawn together in Cast Adrift, could be the tip of the Iceberg. The former head of one of the world’s largest insurance companies has already forecast that by about 2065, the cost of natural disasters mostly related to climate-driven events would exceed gross world income, bankrupting the global economy.
Given rich nations historical responsibility for global warming, and the resources at their disposal, at the very least the funds available for adaptation to the majority world should be raised substantially.
NEF believes that: an initial assessment of the cost of adaptation on the best available predictions for various scenarios of warming is urgently needed, and that: in the mean time, rich nations should at the very least devote as much funding to assisting poor countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change as they do subsidising industry to fuel it – currently $73 billion each year.
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