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  Brief notes on “comments on the Stern Review by leading economists” and links to them

image of the Treasury website on SternThe treasury website includes a link to a set of brief comments by leading economists. The economists included paint a positive picture of support and agreement in their comments. The names are useful simply as a starting point for further research and lead to considerable further resources some of which appear in the links (right).

One useful lead is to follow for example the work of Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize economist 1998) which through work with the European Institute for Asian studies leads to audio lectures (podcasts) including Sustainable Development, Climate Change and International Action by Sir Nicholas Stern in March 2006. This also includes Stern’s presentation slides including diagrams.

In addition to the comments above however there are further comments of more diverse response and it is important to see how these are framed. Adair Turner, former director of the CBI wrote an essay in December 2006 “Change of Climate” in which he supports the Stern Review far more cogently than the brief comment cited in the treasury document indicates and even suggests that for all its limitations Kyoto remains a good place to start. However, Turner also points to alternative views on Stern e.g. Nigel Lawson and Bjørn Lomborg.

Irrespective of the slant, the Stern Review has already and will continue to have major impact in the future. The case for road charges, airfare increases are simple and tangible effects in the UK, but in wider political and economic terms we have a good example within Europe with Angela Merkel taking up the climate change agenda at the World Economic Forum, Davos 2007. Perhaps less predictable is David Milliband’s decision to put the Al Gore climate film - "An Inconvenient Truth" into all secondary schools in England.
  Comments on the Stern Review by leading economists (PDF)
Amartya Sen Lecture Series Audio
Stern Review -The dodgy numbers behind the latest warming scare by Bjørn Lomborg.
The Economics and Politics of Climate Change – an appeal to reason by Nigel Lawson
Climate change cannot be tackled by G8 members alone
All England schools to see Al Gore climate film

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