OHIO — A big bill is coming due. A report put out in July calculates the estimated future cost of climate change on Ohio’s local governments and the numbers are staggering.
What You Need To Know
Drought, wildfires and hurricanes are just some of the potential effects of a warming climate
In Ohio, experts say to expect to see more severe thunderstorms and flooding
No region of the country is safe from climate change
A new report calculates the cost of climate change will go beyond just lives lost and communities destroyed
The report, put out by the Ohio Environmental Council, a nonprofit, Power a Clean Future for Ohio, a nonpartisan organization and Scioto Analysis, a data company is a warning and a call-to-action for local leaders.
“We identified that by 2050, mid-century, we will see local government budgets required to increase by one point between $1.8 and $5.9 billion to address these climate impacts,” said Joe Flarida, executive director, Power a Clean Future for Ohio.
Joe Flarida, Executive Director, Power Clean for Ohio, Taylor Bruck/Spectrum News 1
The report aims to address the effects the state is facing with climate change, but also identify ways in which leaders can prevent it from getting worse.
“I’ve heard people say it’s scary and startling,” said Dion Mensah, an energy justice fellow for the Ohio Environmental Council. “And it really is. There’s no sugarcoating it. Climate change is real.”
Communities across Ohio have been dealing with increasing temperatures, flooding, erosion and climate-related extreme weather events for years, according to the report. The report projects climate damage to worsen in coming decades and will come with a major price tag.
As temperatures continue to rise, Ohio will need to install more air conditioning in schools, costing the state anywhere from $1.4 million to $6.8 million dollars by 2050. Cooling centers will need to be built and stay open longer at an estimated $52 to $590 million.
Roads will need to be elevated to …