Nicholas Stern: Calculating the Cost Of Climate Change

He doesn't look like a rock star, but nowadays he gets to hang out with some of them. And when politicians want answers to the world's most pressing economic dilemmas, he's the headline act. For three years, Nicholas Stern has been the top economist at the British Treasury, a job usually calling for faceless brilliance devoted to economic stability. But Stern's tenure has been different: he has overseen two major reports for Prime Minister Tony Blair designed to make the world see tough problems anew. Last year's Africa Commission, an idea hatched by Irish rocker and Africa advocate Bob Geldof, brought...

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