Well, as you can tell by looking in the â€œenvironmentâ€ category here, Iâ€™m likely to be pleased to hear about the Stern report, released yesterday (Guardian article and links to report here) and also pleased to hear that the UK government is taking the report seriouslyâ€¦. more or less.
Iâ€™d have a lot more to say, but Iâ€™ve said so much about this already, and Iâ€™m not really up to a long post on this right now. But I could not let this excellent (and hopefully landmark) event go unmarked. The point, as has been said before:- Nobody is going to get going on this because it is â€œthe right thing to doâ€, since it is difficult for individuals and businesses to act in a way that makes things less than convenient for yourself for a cause that seems so abstract. Pure market forces will not do it either. We need actual leadership from the scientists -which has more or less happened for a while now- and action and structure put in place by the people who will really get things going: economists and then governments (because they follow the money).
Well, Stern is a major figure in the â€œeconomistsâ€ group, and so this is good news. I must admit though that it really did make me cringe every time I heard the announcers on BBC Radio 4, while trying to emphasise how significant the reportâ€™s findings were, saying things like […] Click to continue reading this post