Montana Measures Cost of Climate Change, and It Ain’t Pretty


Give Montana credit. Unlike so many ostrich states, it’s taking a cold, hard look at the impending impact of climate change on its economy. And a report by Power Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in natural resource economics, titled The Impact of Climate Change on Montana’s Outdoor Community, is anything but reassuring. Spoiler alert: It’s gonna get ugly.

By mid-century, the state is looking at losing tens of thousands of jobs and billions in lost earnings. The expected impact is that angling and sport fishing opportunity will be decreased by a third due to hotter, drier, longer summers with low snowpack and earlier runoff, lower and warmer stream flows. The result will be the loss of 1,800 jobs and $49 million in labor earnings.

Link (via: The Adventure Journal)

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