US Climate and Health Alliance

Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon


This report focuses on identifying the potential magnitude of wildfire damages from climate change. First, we review the science behind the increase in wildfire risk due to climate change, and discuss the potential impacts. Next, we review the economics of wildfire impacts more generally, due to a lack of damage estimates from climate change-induced wildfire risk. We then attempt to roughly approximate the increase in wildfire damage due to climate change. While the resulting estimates indicate that the potential cost of wildfires could be significant, they should be interpreted only as rough calculations. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of the findings and their implications for the future estimation of wildfire damages from climate change.

Resource Type
Peter Howard
Resource URL
September 2014
Series Title
The Cost of Carbon Project
Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity, and the Natural Resource Defense Council
Organization Type
Climate and Environmental Impact
Economics/cost analysis

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