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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.

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

Reviews

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

Guardian

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

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. Better than this, the new low-carbon world of the late 21st century will be cleaner, safer, quieter and more biodiverse than the smoking ruin we now inhabit. It will also be more equitable, with rich countries dealing fairly with poor, and a growing low-carbon economy making everyone richer...commendably light on jargon and abundantly clear in his conclusions.

Richard Girling, The Sunday Times

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

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

Economist

lays out a road-map for managing the climate crisis

Robert Constanza, Nature

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

Daragh Downes, The Irish Times

Immensely informative

Ian Pindar, Guardian

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  • Paperback

    9780099524052

    June 1, 2010

    Vintage

    256 pages

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  • EBook

    9781409076216

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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  • EBook

    9781407064109

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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