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The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change

This page provides access to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006. The report assessed the impact of climate change on the global economy, concluding that 'the benefits of strong and early action far outweigh the economic costs of not acting'.

The full report is available online from the HM Treasury website. The print edition is available in the Library.

The following links and resources on the Stern Review and climate change issues relate mostly to information, initiatives and reports from the time. We no longer actively update this page and links may be broken.

Key resources

Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
HM Treasury web page on the Stern Review providing access to the full report, the executive summary, background to the Review, supporting commissioned research, PDF file of comments by leading economists, PDF file of Sir Nicholas Stern's presentation and speaking notes.

Background to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
HM Treasury web page providing information on the terms of reference of the review and online access to key documents including: the Stern Review Consultation Responses, documents relating to the Oxford Institute of Economic Policy Distinguished Lecture by Sir Nicholas Stern, a report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Understanding China's Energy Markets) commissioned by the Stern Review on the analysis of Chinese Energy Markets, presentations made by experts at the Stern Review Transport Seminar in January 2006; and international presentations made by Sir Nicholas Stern between February and April 2006.

Other resources and supporting material

UK government departments and bodies

Met Office Hadley Centre
Website of the 'UK’s foremost climate change research centre which provides world-class guidance on the science of climate change and a focus in the UK for the scientific issues associated with climate change.' The Hadley Centre provided most of the scientific research for the Stern Review.

The UK Climate Change Programme
The UK Climate Change Programme, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on 28 March 2006 after an extensive review of the existing programme, sets out policies and priorities in the UK and abroad. It can be downloaded from the Gov.uk website.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is responsible for all aspects of UK energy policy, and for tackling global climate change on behalf of the UK.

Other organisations

The climate of poverty: facts, fears and hope
This report published by Christian Aid in May 2006 focuses on the terrible consequences that climate change would have for millions of people in developing countries like Kenya and Bangladesh, and urges the UK Government "to lead rich countries in taking urgent action to curb global warming".

UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP)
The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) coordinates research and provides support and guidance on the effects of climate change at regional and national level. UKCIP is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and is based at the University of Oxford. You can subscribe to a monthly e-news bulletin.

Climate change (EEA)
The European Environment Agency website offers comprehensive coverage of environmental issues with links to environmental indicators sorted by name and greenhouse gas profiles for all EU countries.

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
IPCC has been established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) ‘to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation’. The website provides access to downloadable official documents, publications, press releases and speeches, special reports and technical papers, and links to the IPCC Data Distribution Centre and the websites of relevant international organisations and working groups.

Living Planet Report 2012 (World Wildlife Fund)
The LPR report is published every two years, in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Global Footprint Network. 'At our current rate of consumption, the Earth needs 1.5 years to produce and replenish the natural resources that we consume in a single year.'

Global Footprint Network
The organisation's mission is to support a sustainable economy and to engage in such activities as revising National Footprint Accounts, outreach and community building, running training courses, workshops and research activities. Their website gives access to Footprint data and methodology, news, events and publications including the Ecological Footprint Standards.

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