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October 26, 2006

The Stern Report

Gosh, I'm all eager to see this report. Anyone got a copy?

Sir David King, the Government's Chief Scientist, describes the upcoming report as:

Speaking at a climate change conference in Birmingham, he said: "All of [Stern's] detailed modelling out to the year 2100 is going to indicate first of all that if we don't take global action we are going to see a massive downturn in global economies." He added: "If no action is taken we will be faced with the kind of downturn that has not been seen since the great depression and the two world wars." Sir David called the review "the most detailed economic analysis that I think has yet been conducted".

Really Sir David? More detailed than the IPCC report? Gosh, this will be interesting, won't it?

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Please stick up a link to the report if you find it, Tim.

Best,
Mark

Posted by: Mark EJ | Oct 26, 2006 1:18:21 PM

Here is a link to what, I think, may be some preliminary findings. Don't have a chance to look through today.

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/sternreview_index.cfm

Posted by: Mark EJ | Oct 26, 2006 1:21:32 PM

Did Sir David King Twat get his economics doctorate from the same university that Cindy Crawford got hers in climate science?

Posted by: DocBud | Oct 26, 2006 2:54:51 PM

I think it'll turn out that the detailed analysis was of the model, ie bears no proven relationship to anything that might - or might not, nobody is sure - be happening in the real world.

Posted by: andrew duffin | Oct 26, 2006 3:35:04 PM

If no action is taken we will be faced with the kind of downturn that has not been seen since the great depression and the two world wars.

What kind of statement is this? The two world wars (and most certainly the second) were not periods of economic downturn. Wars usually give a serious boost to an ailing economy. What he meant to say is "since the great depression", but I suspect he added a couple of world wars in to scare people. I've never taken King seriously since he recommended dismantling Fawley refinery and rebuilding it inland to protect against a future rise in sea levels.

Posted by: Tim Newman | Oct 26, 2006 11:36:55 PM