Cost of Environmental Destruction

The article Cost of Environmental Destruction shows the immense costs of environmental destruction far outweigh the cost of doing something.  

 Often overlooked are  huge economic costs to fossil fuels is damage by global warming droughts, floods, storms. increased health costs, and environmental damage. These externalities include drastically increased healthcare costs due to pollution, clean up costs for environmental disasters, environmental destruction, and wars for oil and uranium. Do not forget clean up costs are paid for by the taxpayers. See Health Costs Of Fossil Fuels Six Times Greater Than Subsidies.  Also consistently ignored is the price for adjusting to the effects of global climate change - even if possible - is far far greater than the cost of stopping global warming. What we have now is private profit and public risk with the tax payers picking up the tab. Unlike the climbing costs of fossil fuels, the cost of renewable energy is declining and has been for decades. One should compare the total costs of fossil fuels with the total costs of renewable energy. Consider the full costs of using fossil fuels. 

The reason we have over 180 references covering decades is to show this is settled science and has been obvious for quite awhile. 

References

1-Climate Solution: Pay True Cost of Fossil Fuels, NASA Scientist Says
2-Why Droughts Cost More Than You Think: Op-Ed
3-How Global Warming Is Breaking Our Wallets
4-Climate Change: The Cost of Inaction
5-Predictions of the Human Cost of Climate Change

6-Air pollution kills millions each year, says study
7-Coastal Flooding Damage: $1 Trillion a Year by 2050
8-The Trillion Dollar Crisis Facing the U.S.

9-Fishing Communities Will Face Warmer, Acid Oceans

10-Losses from extreme weather rise to $200 billion a year over past decade

11-Doctors “afraid to diagnose health conditions linked to the oil and gas industry”

12-Duke Energy’s ‘sweetheart’ pollution deal undone - State environmental regulator pulls cheap penalty in favor of suit amid Dan River spill scrutiny

13-Energy co. says removal of coal ash ponds could take 30 years, cost 10 Billion Dollars - Environmentalists warn that Duke Energy’s plan to update its coal ash storage does not go far enough

14-IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable: Landmark UN analysis concludes global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic grow

15-Michael Mann says it's cheaper to combat climate change than pay for global warming: U.S. climatologist urges action before damage caused by global warming overwhelms us

16-Why Should Taxpayers Pay for Toxic Cleanups?

17-Wind energy cut electricity prices by 40% in heatwaves

18-This is how little it costs for states to go renewable

19-The Renewable Energy Juggernaut Gains Momentum

20-None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

21-Switching to Wind Power Would Save California 18 Billion Gallons of Water a Year

22-Why Climate Change Is a Terrible Argument for Investing in Renewable Energy

23-French government study: 95% renewable power mix cheaper than nuclear and gas

24-Texas city to go 100% solar, wind – because it’s cheaper, more reliable

25-Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study - Improved air quality, energy efficiency and energy security, plus falling cost of renewables among extra gains of reducing global emissions, says Fergus Green

26-Climate change health risk is a 'medical emergency', experts warn

27-Fighting climate change could save lives, money: US report

28-Fossil fuel companies impose more in climate costs than they make in profits

29-Over 60 Groups Call for the Fossil Fuel Industry to Pay for their Climate Damage

30-The boom, the bust, the darkness: suicide rate soars in wake of Canada's oil crisis: In what used to be the ‘Texas of the north’, unemployment is creeping to 2008 levels, employment insurance beneficiaries have doubled, and the once economic powerhouse is in the throes of a potential mental health crisis

31-Feds object to bankrupt coal company's $11.9M in executive bonuses

32-Climate risks could wreak havoc on financial markets, EU watchdog warns

33-Half of U.S. Fracking Industry Could Go Bankrupt as Oil Prices Continue to Fall

34-IRENA: Doubling Today’s Share of Renewables Would Boost Global GDP by $1.3 Trillion

35-Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution - World Health Organisation describes new data as ‘health emergency’, with rising concern likely to influence decision over Heathrow expansion

36-95% consensus of expert economists: cut carbon pollution - A survey of economists with climate expertise finds a consensus that climate change is expensive and carbon pollution cuts are needed

37-Adopting sustainable energy would save millions of lives each year, U.N. says - Sustainable energy wouldn't just help combat climate change; it would also save at least 4.3 million lives annually

38-Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013

39-Climate change is already causing dramatic flooding in the coastal U.S. | Grist

40-Warming Planet Has Led to Catastrophe in the Middle East | WRMEA

41-Cutting Emissions Could Prevent Nearly 300,000 US Air Pollution Deaths

42-21 Countries That Reduced Carbon Emissions While Growing Their GDP

43-Climate Change's Effects on Food Production Are More Harmful and Deadly Than We Thought

44-The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment - Climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people. This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future.

45-Tar Sands Capitol Evacuated Due to Massive Wildfire

46-The $250 billion health benefit of fighting climate change

47-The Beetles: Eighty-Nine Million Acres of Abrupt Climate Change

48-This is what climate change looks like.

49-Big Coal Is Bankrupt. Who Will Pay to Clean Up Its Mess? - Regulators treated the coal industry like it was “too big to fail.” Now taxpayers and the environment may pay the price.

50-Peabody’s Bankruptcy: A Giant Falls, But Its Obligations Remain

51-$2.5 Trillion Worth of Global Financial Assets at Risk From Climate Change Impacts by End of Century, Study Warns

52-World Air Quality Index Brings Data to Life

53-Experts Weigh In: Cost of Wind Energy to Keep Going Down, Down, Down

54-Solar Cost Hits World's New Low, Half the Price of Coal

55-As Clouds Head for the Poles, Time to Prepare for Food and Water Shocks

56-Climate Victims – Every Second, One Person Is Displaced by Disaster

57-Floods apocalypse around the world in June 2016: USA, Mexico, Russia, China, France, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Romania

58-Global Warming in Siberia: Thawing Reindeer Expose Community to Anthrax

59-It's not just Alberta: Fires fuelled by warming climate are increasing - 'This is absolutely a harbinger of things to come,' says Canadian climate scientist

60-NOAA: Climate change played significant role in Louisiana's torrential August rainfall

61-Toxic Algae Blooms Threaten People and Waterways in More Than 20 States

62-Drought Kills 66 Million Trees in California, Increasing Risk of Catastrophic Wildfires

63-Our kids are screwed thanks to climate change: scientist

64-'We're Dying Like Flies': Sick, Retired Coal Miners Betrayed by GOP Senators - Right-wing senators are blocking bill that would provide pensions for retired workers suffering from years spent in coal mines

65-Climate Victims: Every Second, One Person Is Displaced by Disaster

66-The True Cost of Fracking

67-Worst-case scenario: Vancouver oil disaster could cost $6 billion - Insurance expert testifies to EFSEC that no policy could cover those costs

68-Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists - Humans are ‘eating away at our own life support systems’ at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years, two new research papers say

69-Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here's how.

70-UNICEF: Air pollution kills 600,000 children yearly

71-Ethnic Bloodshed Linked to Climate Change

72-What if Companies Had to Pay for Their Environmental Damage?

73-Why Scientists Are Amazed at Oilsands Smog Levels - Air pollution report in Nature shocks even Canada's top researchers.

74-Wildfires and climate change are fueling each other, creating a vicious cycle - Right now, forests absorb global-warming pollution. But that's changing as temperatures rise.

75-All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws: A recent heatwave in Siberia’s frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions

76-David Suzuki: Wildfires Are a Climate Change Wake-Up Call

77-Hundreds Of Coastal Communities Could Face Monthly Floods In The Coming Decades

78-South Asia May Become Too Hot for Humans to Survive by 2100

79-Heat Waves Creeping Toward a Deadly Heat-Humidity Threshold - As global temperatures rise, river valleys in South Asia will face the highest risk of heat waves that reach the limits of human survivability, a new study shows.

80-New study: ‘Super heat waves’ of 131°F coming if global warming continues unchecked. Temperatures in the Middle East are already soaring past 120°F, while a heat wave named "Lucifer" scorches Europe.

81-Emergency Climate Crisis is upon us

82-Wind and solar are saving Americans billions in healthcare costs - New research measures the value of clean air.

83-Unprecedented Crime: Something Has Gone Awfully Wrong

84-20,000 Scientists Have Now Signed 'Warning to Humanity'

85-As sea levels rise, 'ghost forests' expand - Stands of dead trees in New Jersey's Pine Barrens are another sign of the changing climate.

86-Climate Change Already Hurting Our Health and Economy, Report Warns

87-Climate change and international conflict (pt. 2) - The second of a two-part series addresses the nexus between climate change and international security.

88-Climate change denial should be a crime

89-Climate change puts fish in hot water

90-Extreme Weather, Climate Change Costing Taxpayers Billions - A new government study finds climate change is already costing taxpayers billions in disaster relief due to more extreme weather events.

91-Harvey Aftermath: A Public Health Crisis in the Making - From water contamination to diseases to mold in the walls, dangers continue long after the hurricane. These sorts of risks accompany climate change.

92-How warm oceans can turn coral reefs into graveyards - The most widespread coral bleaching event on record just happened, with more on the way.

93-The Staggering Costs Of Climate Change

94-The 9 limits of our planet … and how we’ve raced past 4 of them

95-We Have A Climate Crisis: 10 Facts To Know

96-What are the long-term effects of climate change?

97-2.9 Million Children Are Threatened by Toxic Air Pollution From Oil & Gas Development

98-Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies' - Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year

99-Michael Mann: Climate Change Worsened the Impact of Hurricane Harvey

100-New British wind power deals cheaper than nuclear supplies

101-New Report Predicts Climate Change Could Cost U.S. $360 Billion Per Year

102-Pollution Killed 9 Million People in 2015, New Study Finds (That's more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.)

103-What Will Happen To Indian Subcontinent’s ~2 Billion People As Temperatures Soar?

104-Floods affect millions in Bangladesh, India and Nepal

105-Clean energy is getting really, really cheap  As demand rises, costs are falling rapidly.

106-A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis

107-Harvard Study Puts Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico at Nearly 6,000 People—70 Times Official Count

108-Hurricanes will get stronger and wetter with climate change

109-Ocean heat as 'fuel' for hurricanes

110-The Great Barrier Reef Died 5 Times Before, But This Time Might Be the Last

111-The world is hot, on fire, and flooding. Climate change is here.

112-'Carbon bubble' coming that could wipe trillions from the global economy: study

113-AMCDRR focus on disaster displacement

114-Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change

115-Missing 1.5°C warming target will cost $14 trillion in floods

116-Premature Birth Rates Drop in California After Coal and Oil Plants Shut Down Within a year of eight coal- and oil-fired power plant retirements, the rate of preterm births in mothers living close by dropped, finds new study on air pollution.

117-Where Does Tar Sands Carbon Pollution Go?

118-Climate Economic Impacts From Kinder Morgan May Total $8.7 Billion

119-Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

120-The Absolutely Ridiculous Cost of Climate Change (YouTube)

121-The Hidden Costs of Fossil Fuels  The true costs of coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels aren’t always obvious—but their impacts can be disastrous.

122-"Wild, Wonderful" West Virginia's Decapitated Mountains and Deformed Fish   A scientist documents the poisoning of the state’s waters by the coal industry

123-Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

124-Mapping climate change in India

125-The Climate Crisis And Your Health: Infectious Disease

126-Cheapest Power Source? Renewables, Not Fossil Fuels!

127-Fossil Fuel Companies Kill With Impunity. Why Are Their Leaders Not In Jail?

128-Our current drought is worse than most megadroughts, new study says

129-Climate Change Is Already Driving Mass Migration Around the Globe

130-World's Oceans Are Warming Faster, Studies Show, Fueling Storms and Sea Rise   'Global warming is here, it has major consequences, and it's going to be very, very difficult to get this under control,' an author of a new report says.

131-Climate stress drove wave of Arab Spring refugees - researchers

132-Oil and gas well cleanup costs could hit $65 billion, says industry watchdog

133-Central America’s choice: Pray for rain or migrate  Ravaged by drought, farmers in rural Honduras and Guatemala live on the edge of hunger.

134-David Suzuki: It's our choice: turn down the heat or cook the planet

135-Extreme weather hit 62 million in 2018: UN

136-This is a crisis: Facing up to the age of environmental breakdown

137-New Solar + Battery Price Crushes Fossil Fuels, Buries Nuclear

138-90 Dead, 1 Million Displaced by Monsoon Flooding in India and Nepal

139-Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% More Likely to Have Congenital Heart Defects, New Study Shows  Researchers at the University of Colorado studied pregnant women who are among the 17 million Americans living within a mile from an active oil or gas well

140-For the Midwest, Epic Flooding Is the Face of Climate Change  We often focus on coastal cities when we talk about rising waters, but massive rainfall in the middle of the US has put millions at risk, harming the nation’s ability to produce food.

141-Climate now biggest driver of migration, study finds

142-Extreme Flooding Across Midwest 'Exactly In Line' With Scientific Warnings of Climate Crisis: Experts  "We are living climate change right now."

143-Global heating to inflict more droughts on Africa as well as floods  New UK research predicts extremes of weather will hit food production

144-How the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Central Americans Out of Their Homes Toward the U.S.

145-Just 10% of fossil fuel subsidy cash 'could pay for green transition'  Redirecting small portion of subsidies would unleash clean energy revolution, says report

146-A brief guide to the impacts of climate change on food production

147-'Dangerously close': Tipping points may trigger climate cascade

148-PhD thesis available here: “Low-Lying States, Climate Change-Induced Relocation, and the Collective Right to Self-Determination”

149-'We should start thinking about the next one': Coronavirus is just the first of many pandemics to come, environmentalists warn  “I’m absolutely sure that there are going to be more diseases like this in future if we continue with our practices of destroying the natural world," says marine ecologist Dr Enric Sala

150-California could meet its 2030 climate goals — but it would mean saving money

151-Climate change has cut Australian farm profits by 22% a year over past 20 years, report says  Agriculture department report says changes in climate since 2000 have reduced revenue of cropping farms by $1.1bn a year

152-Climate change threatens crops, water for billions around globe, study says

153-Climate crisis linked to at least 15 $1bn-plus disasters in 2019  Christian Aid report highlights costs of floods, fires and storms around the world

154-Dirty Air and Water Is Killing Us - New study affirms that pollution is the world’s leading cause of death, ahead of tobacco use, drug and alcohol use, and even war.

155-In New Study Naming Pollution the 'Largest Environmental Threat to Health,' US Ranks Among Top 10 Nations for Premature Deaths - The analysis found that "exposure to toxic air, water, soil, and chemical pollution" causes 8.3 million premature deaths worldwide each year.

156-More Heart Attacks and Strokes on High Pollution Days in England, Research Finds

157-As Fracking Companies Face Bankruptcy, U.S. Regulators Enable Firms to Duck Cleanup Costs

158-The potential health costs of climate change are huge, report finds - Just 10 extreme events in 2012 cost $1.6 billion in healthcare and lost wages, according to the NRDC.

159-US Air Quality Got Worse After Years of Improvement, And It's Killing More People

160-Wildfires, disease, food scarcity: scientists predict a grim century for Canada

161-World’s Oceans Losing Oxygen At Alarming Rate Thanks To Climate Change

162-Air pollution is much worse than we thought - Ditching fossil fuels would pay for itself through clean air alone.

163-Insurer Warns of Ecosystem Collapse in One-Fifth of Countries, Imperiling $42 Trillion in Global GDP

164-It’s Closing Time: Stranded Liabilities Are The Flipside of Stranded Assets

165-The fires raging out West are unprecedented. They're also a mere preview of what climate change has in store

166-Tiny air pollution rise linked to 11% more Covid-19 deaths – study

167-Fighting climate change: Cheaper than 'business as usual' and better for the economy - Here's why moving now to combat climate change is cheaper and better for the economy than postponing action.

168-Climate Change Already Has a Death Toll — Here Are the Exact Numbers

169-22 disasters, 262 dead, $95bn in damages: US saw record year for climate-driven catastrophes - Report shows US was battered by punishing extreme weather on both the east and west coasts in 2020

170-‘Conventional Energy Bubble’ Could Cost Utilities $1 Trillion as Cheap Renewables Undercut Fossil Plants

171-150 years of spills: Philadelphia refinery cleanup highlights toxic legacy of fossil fuels

172-Economic Devastation From Climate Crisis Like Two Covid-19 Pandemics Per Year by 2050: Analysis  But Oxfam International says 2021 "could be a turning point if governments grasp the challenge to create a safer more liveable planet for all."

173-Governments Are Making Taxpayers Subsidize Corporate Cleanup of Oil and Gas Wells

174-How many people has climate change killed already?  A first-of-its-kind study says hotter temperatures have already killed thousands.

175-Oil and Gas Firms Are Saddling States With Billions in Cleanup Costs

176-$1 Trillion in Oil and Gas Pipelines Worldwide Could Become Stranded Assets, New Report Warns

177-The cost to clean up New Mexico’s oil and gas industry? $8 billion.  The state has secured just 2 percent of that total from oil and gas operators.

178-Waiting to Address Climate Change Will Cost Trillions of Dollars

179-The number of lives that clean energy could save, by U.S. state  Air pollution from burning fossil fuels causes over 50,000 U.S. deaths and $445 billion in economic damage annually.

180-Wildfires, floods and extreme heat: It is time to heed warnings from climate scientists by Dr. Mann

181-Cutting Carbon Pollution Quickly Would Save About 74 Million Lives, Study Finds

182-A billion children at ‘extreme risk’ from climate impacts – Unicef - Report launched with youth activists including Greta Thunberg paints ‘unimaginably dire’ picture

183-Climate Crisis, Extreme Weather & Climate Action Dr. Mann on YouTube

184-Angola: Millions facing hunger, as thousands flee their homes as drought ravages the south of Angola

185-Climate change is increasing Lyme disease risk in New England

186-Dangerous Air: As California Burns, America Breathes Toxic Smoke - Americans across the country are breathing more wildfire smoke—and the harmful particles it carries—than they did 10 years ago, and their health is suffering the consequences.

187-‘People Right Now Are Absolutely Feeling the Climate Emergency’ - CounterSpin interview with Jean Su on People vs. Fossil Fuels

188-Clean energy could save American lives to tune of $700 billion per year - New research quantifies how actions to curb climate change will yield immediate benefits from cleaner air, better health, and longer lives.

189-Climate change fuels violence and mass displacement in Cameroon 

190-Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies

191-Climate famine in Afghanistan

192-Climate Solution: Pay True Cost of Fossil Fuels, NASA Scientist Says

193-Ten Million a Year - David Wallace-Wells on polluted air

194-Flight for Their Lives - Stories of Climate Migration

195-Kids’ quality of life will depend on today’s climate choices - Children born today will experience 5 to 10 times more extreme heat waves than their grandparents, according to a new study in Science.

196-Living near oil and gas wells increases air pollution exposure, according to Stanford research

197-It is climate inaction that will lead to people living more difficult lives - In the past year we’ve seen climate change-fueled extreme weather to rival Revelations.

198-Op-Ed: On the climate crisis, delay has become the new form of denial

199-Superstorm Sandy: A Climate Wake-Up Call

200-The Year Our Climate Crisis Got Even More Real

201-Scietists Expect More Tornado Outbreaks Due to Human-Caused Climate Change (YouTube)

202-Climate change can impact your finances. The government wants to come up with solutions

203-Weather and climate extremes in Asia killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions in 2020 by World Metrological Organization

204-East Africa Communities Contend with Severe Climate Risk, Question Colonial Project Priorities

205-Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists - Study calls for cap on production and release as pollution threatens global ecosystems upon which life depends

206-We need to talk about the latest IPCC report with Climate Scientists Peter Kalmus & Ella Gilbert (YouTube)

207-2021: Year of Unprecedented Climate Impacts

208-How New Mexico abandoned 1,000 oil and gas wells overnight - The state now claims it has more than 1,700 orphan well sites that will cost $290 million to clean up.

209-Millions suffering in deadly pollution ‘sacrifice zones’, warns UN expert - Businesses blamed for rise of toxic hotspots hitting poor communities hardest

210-New IPCC report highlights urgency of climate change impacts - Scientific assessment warns that missing Paris targets would harm human health and biodiversity worldwide, and risk irreversible losses sooner than previously thought.

211-Study finds US flood damage risk is underestimated

212-UN report: The world’s farms stretched to ‘a breaking point’  The world’s climate-stressed and pollution-degraded farming and agricultural system must shift quickly to sustainable practices to feed an additional 2 billion mouths expected by 2050, a new United Nations report finds.

213-Climate change and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: A nexus?  Climate change, and climate change policy, surely don’t operate in isolation from other important goings-on in the world.

214-Unprecedented heatwave in India: climate change is happening now

215-March 2022: Earth’s 5th-warmest March on record - The month featured a $4 billion flood and a mass coral bleaching event in Australia, and an extreme heat wave in Antarctica.

216-The ‘whys’ beyond the ‘what’ of the severe western U.S. drought - New video opens window on understanding the explanations for the worst drought in 12 centuries, a ‘megadrought’ with no end in sight.

217-The financial impacts of climate change: 2022 update

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