The Cost of Climate Change in Hawaii (Silver Award, Alliance of Area Business Publishers)

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Published in Hawaii Business Magazine (September 2018).

This article won silver in the Alliance of Area Business Publishers’ category of best local reporting of a national story, and third place in The Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Awards category of long form feature writing (2019).

Although we know with high certainty what climate change is doing and will do to our environment, we don’t know how much it will cost. We have some estimates, but our state has yet to produce a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact on our resources, infrastructure, businesses, social services and households. The economists, scientists, state leaders and infrastructure planners interviewed for this piece say such an analysis is an extremely complex task. But they also stress that if we don’t undertake it, the state will suffer financially in the decades to come.

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