Nicholas Stern

  • Leçon inaugurale prononcée le jeudi 4 février 2010. Chaire de Développement durable - Environnement, Énergie et Société (2009-2010).  Le changement climatique est source d´immenses défis pour toute analyse éthique, économique et politique. Nous connaissons l´ampleur de l´action requise et les domaines dans lesquels il faut agir : efficacité énergétique, technologies sobres en carbone, déforestation. Nous avons une idée des technologies à développer. Nous comprenons bien les politiques économiques élémentaires qui incitent à la réduction des émissions, à l´arrêt de la déforestation et à la promotion d´un usage plus raisonné de notre environnement naturel et de ses ressources. Le défi consiste aujourd´hui à insuffler la volonté politique d´accomplir tous ces changements. La chaire internationale de Développement durable - Environnement, Énergie et Société reçoit le soutien de TOTAL.

  • * Further substantial climate change is unavoidable and the risks to the natural world, the economy and our everyday lives are immense. The way we live in the next thirty years - how we invest, use energy, organise transport and treat forests - will determine whether these risks become realities.

    * Although poor countries - the least responsible for climate change - will be hit earliest and hardest, all countries must adapt to the effects: hurricanes and storms strike New Orleans and Mumbai; flooding causes devastation in England and Mozambique; droughts occur in Australia and Darfur; and sea level rise will affect Florida and Bangladesh.

    * Lord Stern, author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and former Chief Economist at the World Bank, is the world's leading authority on what we can do in the face of such unprecedented threat. Action on climate change will require the greatest possible international collaboration, but if successful will ensure not just our future, but our future prosperity.

    * Focusing on the economic management of investment and growth from the perspective of both adaptation and mitigation, Stern confronts the most urgent questions facing us now: what is the problem? What are the dangers? What can be done to reduce emissions, at what cost? How can the world adapt? And what does all this mean for corporations, governments and individuals?

    * A Blueprint for a Safer Planet provides authoritative, inspirational, and hopeful, answers.

  • Climate change has been the source of immense challenges for ethical, economic or political analysts. We are aware of the scale of the action required to be taken and the areas in which that action is needed namely efficient energy use, low carbon technologies or deforestation. We have an idea of which technologies need to be developed. We understand the basic economic policy incentives in favour of reducing emissions, stopping deforestation and promoting more sensible use of our natural environment and its resources. The main challenge today is to obtain political adherence to actually accomplishing these changes. The Chair in Sustainable Development - Environment, Energy and Society is supported by TOTAL.

  • Combien cela nous coûte et coûtera si nous ne faisons rien pour lutter contre le changement climatique ? Que nous en coûterait-il d'agir différemment ? Et si l'approche économique du réchauffement climatique était la plus efficace pour convaincre les climatosceptiques de l'urgence d'agir ?

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