Julia Slingo

Julia Slingo is Director of Climate Research in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, and Founding Director of the Walker Institute at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading where she is also Professor of Meteorology. Prof. Slingo’s personal research interests are in tropical climate variability and change, especially El Niño and monsoons. She currently serves on the Advisory Committees of several leading organizations, including the Met Office and ECMWF, and has recently been elected to the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Response to Carter et al.

This article has been written at the initiative of UK climate scientists, from both the academic sector and the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, in response to an article in the previous issue of World Economics by Carter et al., which was part of a ‘Dual Critique’ of the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change. The criticisms of Carter et al. concerning the Stern Review’s presentation of the climate science have been challenged and found to seriously misrepresent the current state of knowledge. Furthermore, the latest Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose Summary for Policy Makers was published in February 2007, vindicates the approach used in the Stern Review. The authors show in this paper that the Stern Review did not use an exaggerated response to increases in greenhouse gases nor did it overstate the certainty with which current warming can be attributed to human activities. They therefore conclude that the findings of the Stern Review with respect to the science of climate change are fundamentally sound and form a proper basis for the subsequent analysis of economic risk.

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