Stern Warns that Climate Change Worse Than Feared

Sir Nicholas Stern has warned that his 2006 review of the economics of climate change has underestimated the risks posed by accelerating global warming. Speaking this week and reported in the Guardian today, Stern said that new scientific findings showed greenhouse gas emissions were are causing more damage than was understood in 2006, when he prepared his highly influential report. Stating that “emissions are growing much faster than we thought, the absorptive capacity of the planet is less than we thought [and] the risks of greenhouse gases are potentially bigger than more cautious estimates”, he called for increasing commitments from countries to cut emissions of greenhouse gases to be translated into action.

Original article: “I underestimated the threat, says Stern”, The Guardian, 18 April 2008
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