Admittedly, it is a rather difficult proposition: to put a price on climate change. Even the numbers people don’t want to put a number on it.
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It’s very complicated, they say, and largely dependent on uncertainties like when and where the world’s worst-ever storm will hit.
But dollar signs tend to drive the point home, especially when they come before, say, 13 figures. And so it is with climate change.
Deciding the cost of a heatwave — like the one that recently swept the United States — helps determine how quickly something is done about it.
In other words, numbers drive policy.
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