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May 30th, 2008 · No Comments

King’s ransom?
Hay festival 2008: The government’s former chief scientific adviser had a stark message on climate change, but with humour

The scientist, now head of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University and an adviser to the bank UBS, set out the enormity of the task the world faces if it is to bring climate change under control, a feat he refuses to dismiss as impossible.

Impossible maybe not, but unimaginably difficult, certainly. For a start, each Briton has to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to that of the average Indian by the middle of the century. In numbers, that means slashing the 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide we are each responsible for emitting each year, to just 2.2 tonnes. That would allow Britain to meets its target of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050. In the US, the average carbon dioxide emissions are 27 tonnes per person each year.

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