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The earth is undergoing rapid change: it is already in the grip of water shortages, coastal flooding and storms; the Amazon rainforest is severely damaged; and the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets are melting at a rate of knots. And, according to a report published last October on climate change commissioned by the UK Treasury and written by former World Bank economist Nicholas Stern, carbon-dioxide emissions could reach 550 parts per million by 2035 if current trends were to continue - a