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Lord Stern - Ignorant and Reckless

Climate change sceptics likened to those who denied HIV Aids link by Lord Stern - Telegraph

Now in a new book, the World Bank's former chief economist has warned the science he based his predictions on is out of date. He said levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are already at 430 parts per million (ppm)..

Lord Stern warned that Florida and Bangladesh could disappear, alligators could survive at the North Pole and millions of people would have to migrate.

Lord Stern, who is to launch his book - A Blueprint for a Safer Planet - at a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday, said in the face of such evidence those who continue to deny climate change are "ignorant and reckless."

Call me ignorant and reckless but the global CO2 level hasn't reached 430ppm yet nor are future scenarios "evidence". Especially when the sea level would have to rise over 345 feet to submerge all of Florida and ten times that (3451 feet) to submerge Bangladesh's highest point Keokradong. Which would make alligators feel even more all-at-sea at the North Pole where the ocean bottom is 4300 feet below present sea level. And we all know how alligators love deep water...

Doesn't anyone do fact checking any more? Sorry, I forgot its the Telegraph.

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It doesn't matter that Stern is giving duff info, it is what he has said that will be reported without any challenge. It will be on all the green websites, it will be in all the MP's in-trays and he will get maximum coverage on every news channel for his book, with the Beeb in the vanguard. Thes people are unashamed charlatans.

Stern is a "fellow" or whatever they call themselves, at LSE, remember them from the 60's and 70's. They are part of the global governance project, www.glogov.org, latest offering here: Earth System Governance: People, Places, and the Planet, 2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, Amsterdam, 2-4 December 2009

"We invite you to the 2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, to be held 2-4 December 2009. This conference will be the ninth event in the series of annual European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, begun in Berlin in 2001.

This year's conference will also be the global launch event of the Earth System Governance Project, a new ten-year research programme under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)."


For someone who pontificates so much on matters scientific it's interesting to note that Stern's only scientific qualification is an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Warwick. His real area of study was mathematics and economics.

I guess that explains why he thinks 'gators could live in the middle of the Once Arctic Ocean.

Sorry, Stern is quite right and Booker has got it badly wrong. Stern always talks about CO2e, which has reached 430 ppm. Why didn't Booker check his facts - not knowing the difference between CO2 and CO2e is going to make him a laughing stock.

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