Brown: Climate Change to be worse than Depression, both World Wars combined


Louise Gray
Telegraph
October 20, 2009

[efoods]Speaking at an international summit on climate change in London, Mr Brown said that world leaders must agree a deal to stop global warming.

He said failure to tackle the problem would not only result in hundreds of thousands of deaths every year due to floods and droughts, but a greater economic crisis than the recent recession.

“The threat is not only humanitarian and ecological, it is also an economic one… Failure to avoid the worst effects of climate change could lead to global GDP being up to 20 per cent lower than it otherwise would be – an economic cost greater than the losses caused by two World Wars and the Great Depression. Let us be in no doubt then that this is a profound moment for our world – a time of momentous choice.”

The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December will bring together 190 countries to agree a new deal on tackling global warming.

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