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  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099524052
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

A Blueprint for a Safer Planet

How to Manage Climate Change and Create a New Era of Progress and Prosperity

A book about the action required of this generation to ensure the continued existence of the human race - by the world's leading authority on climate change.

Hurricanes and storms strike New Orleans and Mumbai; flooding causes devastation in England and Mozambique; droughts occur in Australia and Darfur...

Further substantial climate change is unavoidable and the risks to the natural world, the economy and our everyday lives are immense.

Here Lord Stern, a world leading authority on climate change, confronts urgent questions: What are the dangers? How can the world adapt? And what does this mean for us all?

The solutions he gives are provocative, authoritative and inspirational - a blueprint for the future.

  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099524052
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Nicholas Stern

Nicholas Stern was Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2003. He is currently the I.G. Patel Chair at the London School of Economics, heading the new India Observatory within the Asia Research Centre. He also chairs the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He has served as the Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty's Treasury, the Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister's Commission for Africa, and the head of the Government Economic Service in the UK.

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Praise for A Blueprint for a Safer Planet

The planet owes Nicholas Stern a big thank you...valuable and combative stuff


lays out a road-map for managing the climate crisis

Robert Constanza, Nature

The Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen... [is] 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

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

Here is a user's manual for the planet that world leaders have only to follow and - safely, if only just in the nick of time - all our chestnuts will be pulled from the fire... Commendably light on jargon and abundantly clear in his conclusions

Richard Girling, The Sunday Times

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

Despite his gloomy predictions Lord Stern's overall argument is one of optimism

Louise Gray, Daily Telegraph

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


Impassioned...will give pause to all but the most doctrinaire

Daragh Downes, The Irish Times

Immensely informative

Ian Pindar, Guardian