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Taxing Times

April 2007

What can the Stern Review tell us about our future in the face of climate change?

Taxing times

How will the UK government respond to climate change if global carbon emissions keep rising in line with current trends?

At the end of 2006, the publication of the Stern Review – with its talk of “green” taxes - put the media spotlight on this important issue.

Now the shocking findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have further reinforced the need for all societies to take greater responsibility in tackling global warming.

More than ever before, newspapers and broadcasters are asking: are our personal consumption habits sustainable? Can we be relied upon to act responsibly and to voluntarily change our behaviour where necessary – or are new laws and taxes needed?


This resource further develops themes first introduced in our previous report “Sky’s the Limit”. It will have particular appeal for A-level candidates who are studying sustainability, climate change or economic development. Each item deals with the issues and impacts surrounding our government’s response to the latest scientific findings on climate change .

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  • Climate change: news from the frontline
  • The Stern Review: a summary
  • The Stern Review: what happens next?
  • Green taxes: the debate begins
  • How much carbon is the UK really emitting?
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