THIS is all global warming will cost? $1.1 billion over the next 34 years? We can afford that!
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 1, 2016
Does Newsweek get how ridiculous their headline sounds? Probably not:
@Newsweek Dr. Evil is impressed.
— James M. McGill (@MetricButtload) March 1, 2016
Uh, $1.1B is nothing today, let alone in 30 years https://t.co/sSEK9Euf4k
— Chris Miller (@c__miller) March 1, 2016
So politicians want to cause $2 trillion to fix that? https://t.co/z5Jg3gWiDy
— Robert (@deepereyes) March 1, 2016
A billion dollars is a rounding error in the US budget. Really, really scary. https://t.co/lDMQF9Vz3l
— Megawatt Herb Drench (@mdrache) March 1, 2016
It turns out Newsweek is only talking about Copenhagen, Denmark in the article and it’s Copenhagen that will experience the $1.1 billion in losses over the next 34 years:
@Newsweek oh I see that just for one town in Denmark. Terribly misleading tweet.
— Totes McGoats (@TotesBryan) March 1, 2016
For example, the researchers found that in Copenhagen, Denmark, a sea level rise of just 11 centimeters (or just over 4 inches) by mid-century would lead to $1.1 billion in economic losses. And that’s a relatively conservative estimate; Denmark as a whole is projected to experience between 10 and 40 centimeters of sea level rise by mid-century. The researchers told Reuters if the rate of sea level rise doubles from that conservative estimate to about 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) by mid-century, the damage costs would quadruple to $4.35 billion.
Newsweek’s alarmism is still hilarious, however. Denmark’s GDP is about $330 billion, which means the $1.1 billion over the next 34 years is still like a rounding error in the overall scheme of things.
Bring on the warming!