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Walker Institute contribution to the Stern Review


Stern Review on the “Economics of Climate Change”

The Stern Review into the Economics of Climate Change was published on Monday 30 October.

The Review, which reports to the Prime Minister and Chancellor, was commissioned by the Chancellor in July last year. It has been carried out by Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economic Service and former World Bank Chief Economist. The review aims to understand more comprehensively the nature of the economic challenges and how they can be met, in the UK and globally.





Sir Nicholas said:

“The conclusion of the Review is essentially optimistic. There is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, if we act now and act internationally. Governments, businesses and individuals all need to work together to respond to the challenge. Strong, deliberate policy choices by governments are essential to motivate change.

But the task is urgent. Delaying action, even by a decade or two, will take us into dangerous territory. We must not let this window of opportunity close.”


Walker Institute scientists invited to Stern Review launch

Prof Julia Slingo and Prof Brian Hoskins were invited, as part of the small audience of business leaders, academics, government officials, journalists and senior Cabinet Ministers, to attend the official launch of the Report by Sir Nicholas at the Royal Society, in the presence of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Prof Julia Slingo said: “The publication of this report could not be more timely, given the commitment that the University of Reading has demonstrated by establishing its new Walker Institute for Climate System Research. The Government expressed a clear need for much better information on climate change at the local and regional level – precisely the expertise of the Walker Institute.”


Walker Institute contribution to the Review

Walker Institute scientists (from the Departments of Meteorology and Agriculture, along with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science – Climate at the University of Reading) have made significant contributions to this Review and have supported the team in charge of the Review in different ways.

  • Workshop - The Department of Meteorology hosted a workshop for the Stern Review Team on the science of climate change and its impacts. Many scientists from the University provided essential input to the Team during that Workshop.
  • Advice - Prof Brian Hoskins advised the Stern Review team on the scientific aspects to consider in the report and Julia Slingo has been involved in several meetings in London with Sir Nicholas and his team to discuss how to present the science case.
  • Report - Dr Andrew Challinor and others at the Walker Institute produced a solicited report on potential changes in the Indian Summer Monsoon and impacts on food production. Prof Keith Shine and Dr Laila Gohar provided data to the Stern Report on the "effective" amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - i.e. the amount taking into account greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide.
  • Reviews -Prof Julia Slingo, Prof. Brian Hoskins, Dr Andrew Challinor and Dr Tim Wheeler have provided detailed expert reviews of the chapter on Climate Science and Climate Impacts of the Stern Review.




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