Summary of The State of the Climate – and What We Might Do About It

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The future of the planet depends on how society deals with transforming economies and climate change.


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According to climate economist Nicholas Stern, society’s response to two fundamental transformations – climate change and the restructuring of economies and societies – over the next two decades will determine whether the 21st century will be the greatest or worst in history. Take heed of Stern’s cogent arguments regarding the future of the planet. getAbstract recommends his sobering report to environmentalists, economists and anyone who cares about the quality of life for future generations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How economic growth is inextricably linked to climate change;
  • Why humankind’s response to these trends during the next two decades will determine the future of the planet; and
  • Why society must reform cities, energy and land to sidestep devastation for future generations.


Economic growth in China has been a double-edged sword. Though the country has become the world’s second-largest economy while lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, the nation’s rapid development has come at a price. China burns large amounts of fossil fuels to propel its growth and...
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Climate economist Nicholas Stern studies the economic effects of climate change.

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