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Submitted by Thomas Farrell on

This article, unlike the one written in the FT in the Economists' Manifesto seeks to outline short, medium and long-term solutions. As a geographically based economist, it seems only natural that this would be at the forefront of your thinking because short and long term solutions are fundamental in exploring issues in this field. I like it when you said what will reduce carbon emissions, "energy efficiency, low-carbon technologies, and a halt to deforestation" but also how you go onto outline how this would be achieved, "We also know what policies are necessary to drive these actions: tax, carbon trading and regulation; increased technology support; and measures that halt deforestation."
I agree that the developed countries should help less developed countries in trying to achieve this world where carbon emissions are substantially less and we live in a greener, more prosperous environment. However, from the point of view of the developing countries, Stern seems to get it wrong. You don't fully balance the argument to support the possibility that the developing countries think this is unfair. Developed countries, like the UK, have been guzzling away for centuries achieving massive economic gains but now the developing countries have to pick up the slack from our selfishness? Perhaps I am being harsh but I would have appreciated if you entertained the possibility that the developed countries need to take a more serious look at themselves rather than trying to offset their issues to developing parts of the world.