In this presentation to a meeting of Canadian federal and provincial officials, Toronto area civic and academic leaders, and city officials, John Austin and Britany Affolter-Caine previewed the upcoming report on the bi-national Great Lakes regional economy and shared strategies for fueling economic growth across boundaries in the region.
[On the politics of climate impacts in the U.S.] The political alignment around climate impacts is almost the exact opposite of the political alignment around emissions control.
[On the geographic distribution of climate impacts in the U.S.] The damages to the Republican-electing congressional districts is almost double what it is for the Democratic-voting districts.
[On Brookings research on climate impacts and human health] When you look at the out years, all of these factors have an impact on what people care about, but the really dominant effect is mortality. Literally, there’ll be climate change killing people.