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By Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman

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Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015 longlist

“Top 10: Business & Economics” for Spring 2015. – Publishers Weekly

"Independent Publisher Awards (IPPYs) Gold Medal winner as one of the '2016 Outstanding Books of the Year,' winning in the “Most Likely to Save the Planet” category." – Independent Publisher

Financial Times Summer Book 2015.

"'Go Set a Watchman' isn’t the only book this year that brings new perspective to an old story line. 'Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet' should shift our narrative on climate change." – Peter R. Orszag in Bloomberg View

"[A] lively, lucid assessment of the economic consequences of global warming." – Pilita Clark, Financial Times (Chinese version via FT中文网)

"A remarkable book on climate change, Climate Shock is deeply insightful, challenging, eye-opening, thought-provoking, and sheer fun to read. It will help you to think clearly and incisively about one of the most important issues of our generation." – Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

"Climate Shock is a brilliant, clear, rigorous, and to-the-point account of the problem of climate change and what we can and should do about it. The book’s approach to risk—which factors in deep uncertainties—is vastly more sophisticated than the standard methods. An outstanding book." – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swanand Antifragile

"[Climate Shock] is a witty, far-ranging, and literate set of observations, […] it is always informed by a deep understanding of the complexities of economics and particularly the difficulties of reaching international environmental agreements." – William D. Nordhaus in The New York Review of Books

"[Climate Shock is] a call to arms for business owners and leaders, economists, and policymakers." – Katie Fehrenbacher in strategy + business

"The recent financial crisis was largely the result of an economy set up to privatize benefits and socialize costs. The same holds true for the climate crisis. Let’s avoid doing to the planet what we did to the economy, and let’s begin by taking the economics of climate change seriously. Climate Shock shows conclusively how bad the problem truly is and how we can fix it." – Van Jones, founder and president of Green for All and author of The Green Collar Economy

"Economists Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman deliver a highvoltage shock in their analysis of the costs of climate change."  – Nature

"The book combines sophisticated analysis with a breezy, informal style."  – Richard N. Cooper, Foreign Affairs

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