Climate Choice: Reducing Global Emissions Avoids the Risk of Hurricane Sandy-Strength Storms Happening Nearly Every Year by 2050

  • A 2013 study finds that reducing global greenhouse gas emissions avoids the risk of storms with Hurricane Sandy-like strength occurring roughly every year by 2050 along coastal regions in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.

  • The study shows that if no global action is taken, sea level rise will cause the annual odds of a Hurricane Sandy-strength storm hitting Atlantic City to increase from roughly 1-in-25 today to about once a year by 2050, but if we do significantly cut emissions, the odds increase to a more manageable 1-in-10.

  • Hurricane Sandy's $60 billion cost is greater than the entire proposed annual budget for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for 2017.

EPA: Global Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Can Avoid Over $235 Billion in Annual Damages to the U.S. by 2050

  • An EPA study estimates that a significant global reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can avoid at least $235 billion in annual damages in the U.S. by 2050.

  • The biggest benefit comes from public health improvements ($200 billion annually) such as improved air and water quality, fewer heat-related deaths, and increased labor productivity.

  • By 2100, EPA estimates global GHG reduction could result in at least $1.2 trillion in annual avoided damages in the U.S., mostly from improved air quality.