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Climate change: the cartoonist wins the day


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Flooding and storms in UK – no evidence of climate change

Lord LawsonLord Lawson is quoted as saying,” There is “no evidence” that climate change is leading to more extreme weather. Earlier he said he is ‘open-minded on the contested science of global warming’ but deeply concerned about the costs and other implications of many of the policies currently being advocated. He founded the Global Warming Policy Foundation, criticised for engaging in political lobbying and refusing to reveal its major funders, despite being given charitable status.

Flooding and storms in UK – clear signs of climate change

lord sternSo wrote Lord Stern, the former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank, Chair of the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and leader of a team which produced the Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change. In 2007 he said: “Climate change is a result of the greatest market failure the world has seen. The evidence on the seriousness of the risks from inaction or delayed action is now overwhelming. The problem of climate change involves a fundamental failure of markets: those who damage others by emitting greenhouse gases generally do not pay.”

The cartoonist cuts through the arguments:

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He implies that we should get on with the measures advocated by Stern, because they will reduce pollution of air, land and water – and lead to ‘green economic growth’.

See more on that tomorrow from Arup, UNEP and Jonathon Porritt.