His message is as simple as alarming: Sir Nicholas Stern

On the 1st of November 2006, a man stepped foreward in a press room in London and addressed the gathered journalists. His message was as simple as alarming: “If society fails to reduce carbon emissions now, damage will become irreversible and its effects desastrous for any life on this planet.”

Public energy R&D in IEA countries (fi g 16.8 from the Stern Report)

In his 700-page report commissioned by the British Government, Sir Nicholas Stern, former chief economist at the World Bank, stresses that it would not only save lives, but that it would also make “good economic sense” to tackle global warming immediately. If mankind continued to pump up the atmosphere, the economic impacts could cost more than 5,5 trillion Euros, Stern stressed. But the task is manageable, the author says. “We can grow and be green.”

Read the full report at http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/stern_review_report.cfm