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The United Nations climate change conference known as COP21 held in late 2015, illustrated for the first time that much of the world is acknowledging that global warming is a major issue.
This is a critical step in working to further prevent more damage to the Earth’s ecosystem caused by pollution, the burning of fossil fuels etc.

Climate change and the impact of the weather on the global economy overall is likely to be one of the key issues discussed at the Iowa caucuses here in the U.S. this year, directly impacting which presidential nominees are chosen to move forward in the election.

These are some of the key areas of discussion that will affect the results of the caucus when it comes to the changes to the climate as explored by The Weather Channel’s Climate 25 series.

Public Sentiment & Economic Impact:

Henry Paulson, the former Secretary of the Treasury in George W. Bush’s administration from 2006 to 2009, stresses how important it is to start understanding and addressing the issue of climate change or it’ll be a much more costly problem in the future, potentially costing billions in lost real estate alone if not enough is done.

As recently as 2014, global warming was the last policy priority for voters in a Pew Research study, but luckily more Americans are becoming aware, which reinforces the need for candidates to address this problem in Iowa to continue to positively impact public sentiment.

Paulson hopes that the threat of a major economic backlash will encourage more people to become aware and ensure the government acts on this issue.

Political Consequences:

The climate change has already had significant political effects across the world, especially in the Middle East.

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Thomas Friedman discussed how the Syrian drought, worsened due to climate change, from 2006-2010 was likely a contributing factor to the Syrian revolution that followed.

Climate change will continue to affect the political spectrum across the world and it is essential that it is addressed at the upcoming caucuses to ensure global stability in 2016 and beyond.

Business Ramifications:

The interests of the business world and the political sector are forever intertwined, thus the impact of climate change on companies across the globe will be a major focus at the Iowa caucus.

As Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, Paul Polman discussed how the organization is already losing approximately 300-400 million dollars a year directly due to issues with global warming like increased flooding, droughts, hurricanes etc.

An unexpected rise in yearly costs due to climate change to a company like Unilever can impact jobs for employees, prices for consumers and more, stressing how damaging inaction may continue to be if government and this year’s nominees don’t address these issues directly.

Review the Climate 25 series by The Weather Channel to review video interviews of conversations with 25 of the smartest voices on climate, security, energy and peace.

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