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Households Need Help If They Are Going To Deal With The Climate Crisis

June 1, 2021. This is no longer an issue for the future. It is clear that in certain geographies, the impacts are already putting extreme stress on families.

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Coastal Flooding is Putting Retirement Savings at Risk

April 8, 2021. CCP surveyed 127 households in Horry County and found that more than 8 in 10 had been flooded two or more times in the last five years. Yet a third of the surveyed homes were in flood zones designated as "low risk" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which manages the taxpayer-subsidized flood insurance program. 

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​​​Horry County flood victims paid average of $37K out of pocket, sample survey finds

April 14, 2021. "Households who are incurring this huge amount of out-of-pocket costs—they’re not documented anywhere,” said Dr. Laurie T. Johnson, the Executive Director and Co-Founder.

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​​​New study shows true cost of flooding for Horry County families

April 14, 2021. Out of those surveyed, 63% of families went into debt.

​​​Repeat flooding turned residents against a S.C. county

April 9, 2021. In-depth interviews with 15 county residents showed that the average person lost nearly $140,000 in personal wealth because of damage to their homes and out-of-pocket recovery costs. All but one of the 15 residents told the Climate Cost Project that they wanted to move. 

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China's Yangtze Fishing Communities Adapt to Life on Land​​​

December 18, 2020. Protecting the Yangtze - which irrigates an area responsible for 45 percent of the country's GDP - is now a priority for the Chinese leadership.  

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Economics, Equity, and Climate Change: Back to School on Climate Economics​​​

August 18, 2019. "It was with these goals in mind – making climate economics easier and interesting for all teachers and students – that my co-founder of the Climate Cost Project, Sieren Ernst, and I created the You Change It! Climate Economics Game."   

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As the Threat of Lyme Disease Rises, Why Hasn’t Research Funding Followed Suit?​​​

September 9, 2018. Half of the respondents reported more than $30,000 in out-of-pocket expenditures on Lyme disease treatments, with some reporting more than $200,000. “We believe the data is just the tip of the iceberg,” Ernst says.

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Tick-lish Subject – It’s Another Bad Season, but Tick-borne Illness Can Be Prevented

August 24, 2018. Laurie Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Climate Cost Project in Amherst, said increased rates of Lyme disease have been linked to climate change, and are one of the more serious and least understood of its costs.

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Estimating the Cost of Lyme disease

June 29, 2018. "Taxpayers are having to spend a lot of money on disability insurance and lost income tax revenue. Its a very expensive way to not fix a very expensive problem," said Laurie Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Climate Cost Project. 

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How Much is the Future Worth?

September 1, 2017.  2012 paper by Laurie Johnson, then chief economist for the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, and Chris Hope of the University of Cambridge, argued against the default assumption that future generations will be better off than we are in a world that keeps getting hotter.