Regional Economic Impacts of Climate Change Can Be Fortified with Decentralized Sustainability Infrastructure

Regional Economic Impacts of Climate Change Can Be Fortified with Decentralized Sustainability Infrastructure

From major crop losses to increased costs of production and end-products, climate impacts and methods of production will be central in determining economic and other conditions of communities.

From agricultural yields to energy expenditures, a variety of industries are affected by having to compensate for shifts in resource supply and demand. Team Gemini has previously highlighted how drought impacts communities, the value of soil in agriculture and more, and other ways in which we depend on shifting climate and natural resources.

To help safeguard communities from negative impacts of climate change not just in their region, but also partnering communities, Team Gemini offers multiple sustainability technologies to provide full-fledged energy independence, along with numerous options for food and related resource production. There are many benefits that come into effect for this kind of approach, as can be highlighted by microgrids in remote regions, and ways in which combinations of technologies can solve multiple problems together.

Part of assessing vulnerability and which regions will be impacted the most by shifting resources, a variety of studies and tools are available to provide more insight and context into different scenarios. Another utility along this effort is provided by the Climate Impact Lab:

The researchers started with history: How have heat waves and drought affected the economy in the past? Then they applied that metric to a range of future warming scenarios — from minor to extreme — and mapped the effects, county by county across the U.S. They found that if warming continues at recent rates, it could shave 3 to 6 percentage points off of the country’s gross domestic product by century’s end — the warmer it gets, the bigger the hit to the economy.

Lead researcher Solomon Hsiang acknowledges that the numbers are uncertain by scientific standards but that they aren’t really the bottom line. “I think the takeaway message that is most striking is that the effects of climate change on the U.S. are not the same everywhere,” says Hsiang, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. “Where you are in the country really matters.”

Whether one is located in regions forecast to be most negatively impacted or not, a growing number of examples show that pros of sustainability infrastructure outweigh the cons. Energy resources for communities are manifold, and include utilities like electricity, thermal energy, and water. Specific to Team Gemini’s offerings in supplying these resources, team members like 2G Energy (combined heat and power), Viessmann (thermal energy et al), ABB (resource management and monitoring), and A3 (wastewater treatment and conservation) come to mind. Beyond these, sustainable agriculture also comes into play, as food resources are critical for survival. These companies, among others, provide outstanding technology and service options to fulfill a variety of energy efficiency needs for countless industries.

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