A changing climate threatens lives and costs businesses, governments and individuals money -- but what if we could save the world and improve economic conditions for everyone?
The cost of climate change is staggering. Global economic damage is estimated to be between $54 trillion and $69 trillion by 2100, according to Moody's Analytics. Changing weather will harm agriculture, while human life, infrastructure and property are threatened by rising seas and intense storms and wildfires.
If you despair, have hope -- there are solutions. In fact, one recent study in Science magazine said that restoring a few billion acres of forest around the world would be a relatively cheap and effective way to tackle the problem. In the image above, volunteers plant young trees in deep mud in a mangrove reforestation project in Samut Sakhon, Thailand.
All around the world people are acting, innovating, investing, creating jobs and improving well-being for people through bold action on climate change, according to a report by The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
We may sit on the brink of a new economic era in which growth is "driven by the interaction between rapid technological innovation, sustainable infrastructure investment, and increased resource productivity," the report says.
The commission's report, The New Climate Economy, lists big and small ways people are addressing solutions, including pricing carbon, harnessing the power of the private sector, accelerating investment in sustainable infrastructure, and making equitable and just transitions to new models of energy, food and land use, water management, and industry.
Based on The New Climate Economy, here are 30 ways countries around the world are responding to climate change while delivering strong economic growth, sustainability and inclusivity.
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