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A Blueprint for a Safer Planet: How to Manage Climate Change and Create a New Era of Progress and Prosperity [Hardcover]

Nicholas Stern
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2 April 2009

* Further substantial climate change is unavoidable and the risks to the natural world, the economy and our everyday lives are immense. The way we live in the next thirty years - how we invest, use energy, organise transport and treat forests - will determine whether these risks become realities.

* Although poor countries - the least responsible for climate change - will be hit earliest and hardest, all countries must adapt to the effects: hurricanes and storms strike New Orleans and Mumbai; flooding causes devastation in England and Mozambique; droughts occur in Australia and Darfur; and sea level rise will affect Florida and Bangladesh.

* Lord Stern, author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and former Chief Economist at the World Bank, is the world's leading authority on what we can do in the face of such unprecedented threat. Action on climate change will require the greatest possible international collaboration, but if successful will ensure not just our future, but our future prosperity.

* Focusing on the economic management of investment and growth from the perspective of both adaptation and mitigation, Stern confronts the most urgent questions facing us now: what is the problem? What are the dangers? What can be done to reduce emissions, at what cost? How can the world adapt? And what does all this mean for corporations, governments and individuals?

* A Blueprint for a Safer Planet provides authoritative, inspirational, and hopeful, answers.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847920373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847920379
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next December will be one of the most important international gatherings since the Second World War. Nicholas Stern gives a compelling account of why the meeting matters so much to the world, and outlines a global deal that would provide the ground rules for a safer planet. His book reinforces the arguments of the original Stern Review, and provides a forceful response to its critics" (Richard Lambert, head of CBI and Chancellor of Warwick University)

"The Stern Review led the way in explaining the economic theory of climate change. His Blueprint sets out in practical terms why the world needs to act, what we need to do, and how, if we take action, we can build a new era of prosperity and growth." (Adair Turner, Chairman of the FSA and Chairman of the Climate Change Committee)

"The book is written for a wider audience than the official report and incorporates some more recent (and worrying) findings from climate science." (Economist Economist)

"Despite his gloomy predictions Lord Stern's overall argument is one of optimism" (Louise Gray Telegraph)

"If this year's climate crucial climate change negotiations are successful, this book will be required reading ... Lord Stern, like Al Gore, could be seen as one of the rock stars of global warming." (Fiona Harvey Financial Times)


'a user's manual for the planet...commendably light on jargon and abundantly clear in his conclusions'

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4.0 out of 5 stars "A New Era of Progress and Prosperity" 12 Nov 2009
Nicholas Stern is author of the 2005 Stern Review and an influential paper titled "Key Elements of a Global Deal".
Throughout the book the author focuses on two key dates: the Copenhagen Conference in 2009 and a target to cut emissions by 50% by 2050. He envisages that the blueprint he constructs in this book could provide a basis for the negotiations at Copenhagen.
Some argue that the current global slump provides the wrong environment to tackle the issue, but Stern considers the crisis to be an opportunity. He points out that low carbon energy is of real economic and social value, and we must recognise the potential a new era of progress and prosperity.
Stern considers the motivations of the "deniers", emphasizing that they are usually economists, journalists and politicians - not scientists.
He emphasizes that it would be well for economists to realise that climate change is primarily a market failure where prices are not reflecting the true cost to society of production.
The author emphasizes in several places that the issues of global development and climate change cannot be separated.
He asserts that scientific evidence of long-term trends is undeniable: "The time for argument is over; it's now time to formulate policy and strategic response."
Two notable characteristics throughout are a sense of urgency and a sense of optimism. He devotes as much attention to the benefits of a low-carbon era than to the costs of inaction; even the slowing world economy and the prospect of rising oil prices are considered by Stern to be valuable opportunities. He predicts that a low-carbon future will unleash a new era of wealth generation, global equality and international co-operation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By D. Cox
This book first presents the undeniable scientific facts about climate change and the stark reality of what to expect in the future from "bussiness as usual", partially addressing the problems or attacking them head-on. Then it goes on to present the structure of a global deal which can seriously lead to a way of tackling the crisis now.
It is a bold cry for immediate action from a highly experienced and respected international policy maker. There is no shirking from any issues. This book gives optimism for the future. All we need is an open mind and a willingness to change. A must read for all seriously concerned about climate change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fast service, but... 26 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book was there within the time, but it was not in a good shape.But this happens of course when you buy a used book. Thanks anyways!
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4.0 out of 5 stars blueprint no greenwash 6 May 2009
Very solid government-speak book with all of the info that the Stern review didn't tell
a bit solid in places but at least there's no greenwash
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blueprint for a Safer Planet 3 July 2009
By M. Wynn
An excellent insight into the world that we are destroying and what everyone needs to do in order to stop the destruction.
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