In The Skeptical Environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg challenges widely held beliefs that the global environment is progressively getting worse. Using statistical. So the world isn’t doomed after all? Chris Lavers is himself sceptical about Bjørn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the. Bjorn Lomborg is a Danish author and political scientist, and President of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre. He’s best known for his

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His main contention involves not the science of global warming but the politics and the policy response to scientific findings. Read it to know the enemy–the enemy of common sense, right use of will and most important the false use of a scientific style of presentation to falsely placate the public.

Oh, well, to each his own. Lomborg’s work has environmenalist been misappropriated by anti-environmentalists who try to use it as an excuse to claim that everything is hunky-dory and there is no reason to do anything about our current environmental situation. Jul 27, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite this he’s drawn a lot of vitriol for this book. A short-term decline does not mean a long-term problem.

The recent publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist, a book by Bjrn Lomborg Cambridge University Press,ignited an sekptical controversy. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Skepticism toward The Skeptical Environmentalist

This was a good read. Mar envigonmentalist, Jerzy rated it liked it Shelves: But it’s worth it. These are strong words. This selective approach does not inspire much confidence: For example, when discussing fertilizers in our rivers and such that are suffocating the sealife at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, he implies that the only argument against killing off this life is ethical.

It is blisteringly obvious that the overwhelming majority of critics and, one is tempted to say, those heaping the book with such lavish praise have never actually read the thing.


In this section, Lomborg looks at the world’s natural environentalist and draws a conclusion that contrasts starkly to that of the well known report The Limits to Growth. Only the science as presented by other environmentalists agreed with me. The doomsayers have held a monopoly on our ears for too long; it’s about time someone tried to set us straight.

You’ve never had it so good

In fact, Environmentalish Skeptical Environmentalist is the most significant work on the environment since the appearance of its polar opposite, Rachel Carson’s Silent Springin Population and housing censuses by country Metropolitan areas by population Population milestone babies.

The Copenhagen Consensus that Lomborg later organized concluded that combating global warming does have a benefit but its priority compared to other issues is “poor” environmentxlist 13th and three projects addressing climate change optimal carbon tax, the Kyoto protocol and value-at-risk carbon taxare the least cost-efficient of its proposals.

Jul 27, Edward Yu rated it liked it. The author, himself a former member of Greenpeace, is critical of the way in which many environmental organisations make selective and misleading use of the scientific evidence.

He’s arguing to his strengths. The conclusion, implied but not proven, is that this ingenuity and time-buying lobmorg go on indefinitely.

The Skeptical Environmentalist | Bjorn Lomborg

But the vast majority of it addresses the relative costs in GDP terms. Measuring the Real State of the World. Not surprisingly, the Union of Concerned Scientists, skptical political action group, completed a series of rebuttals to this book. I like to think that Lomborg hates insurance companies. Mar 15, Matt Greenhall rated it it was ok.

There is little evidence that the world is in trouble, he claims, and a good deal more that suggests that we’ve never had it so good. You pay more today so that during an accident you are more protected and are less likely to get hurt. As a former environmentalist, this book was refreshing to read. The question the author asks, and answers in thi Well, I started this in December and got through 9 of 25 chapters before environmentailst 1st in a chain enviornmentalist another books distracted me.


In contrast, adaptation emphasizes investing in ways to deal with the future and disasters after they happen. There are pros and cons to both techniques, and it is always best to do both. Bjorn discusses various environmental and health issues pesticides, feeding the world, saving the rainforests, global warming, etc.

And who to trust with the task less than someone who argues like a lawyer? Lomborg suggests that devoting resources to reduce lombofg levels of specific air pollutants would provide the greatest health benefits and save the largest number of lives per amount of money spentcontinuing an already decades-long improvement in air quality in most developed countries.

This book is infuriatingly inaccurate. Concerning other resources, such as metals, Lomborg suggests that based environmentalistt their price history they are not in short supply. Outraged voices within the mainstream scientific community quickly answered, however, that Lomborgs work was deeply flawed. A wonderful and factual discourse on how to approach the problems of the future with the resources of today.

He is entitled to the same treatment.

This is a very ambitious tome of data to support the position that environmentalists environmrntalist wrong about many things. Having established what he calls “the true state of the world”, for each topic and subtopic, Lomborg examines a variety of theories, technologies, implementation strategies and costs, and suggests alternative ways to improve not-so-dire situations, or advance in other areas not currently considered as pressing.