Stern Report on the Effects of Climate Change Analytical Essay by Refalo29

Stern Report on the Effects of Climate Change
An analysis of the 2007 Stern Report on the effects of climate change, with special reference to the agricultural sector.
# 153762 | 1,826 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011

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This paper examines Nicholas Stern's climate change report that analyzed agriculture as one of the most vulnerable sectors in relation to the economic impact of climate change. The author examines why this is so and seeks to understand how the agricultural sector's vulnerabilty can have a knock-on effect on other sectors or industries. The author concludes that agriculture is indeed one of the most vulnerable economic sectors in view of the climate change phenomenon, and that a decline in agriculture could negatively impact most populations, especially those living in the developing world.

The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
Negative Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture
Effects of a Decline in the Agricultural Sector

From the Paper:

"The increase in the level of greenhouse gas emissions is raising earth's temperature at an alarming rate. As a result, glaciers are melting, precipitation rates are increasing, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and seasons are shifting. This change in climate, coupled with the fact that the global population is increasing at a fast rate, is posing a serious threat to food security everywhere.
"The agriculture sector emits a certain amount of emissions into the air, but at the same time it is one of most highly vulnerable sectors to climate change. Changes in precipitation patterns as a result of climate change increase the possibility of crop failures in the short run and cause deterioration in the production levels in the long run.
"Moreover, an increase in the temperature levels could lead to a reduction in the yields of desired crops while at the same time encourage weed and pest proliferation. Even though there will be some gains in certain crops in some areas around the world, the overall effects of climate change on the agricultural sector are expected to be adverse, thus threatening global food security."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Stern N., 'Stern Review Final Report, Part II: The Impacts of Climate Change on Growth and Development'. Available at: [accessed on 12 December 2011]
  • International Food Policy Research Institute, ' Climate Change: Impact on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation'. Available at: [accessed on 15 December 2011]
  • Vella S.J. and Camilleri S., 'Irrigated Agriculture and Soil Salinization in the Maltese Islands', Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Vol. A38, No. 8 (2003), 1569 - 1585
  • Schnepf, R. And Chite R.M., US Agriculture After Hurricane Katrina: Status and Issues (United States: The Library of Congress, September 2005)
  • Combating Climate Change: The EU leads the way (European Union: September 2008)

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