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20 Aug2009

Did the Poznan climate talks produce more than a lot of hot air?

Published by Reuters

The Reuters article about Poznan quotes Lomborg's article that was published one day before in Forbes: (...) Meanwhile, Bjorn Lomborg, author of the "Sceptical Environmentalist" writes in the business magazine, Forbes, that rather than wasting money on meetings to decide global agreements which will inevitably be ignored, the world's poorest would be better served by improvements to their living conditions now. "Interventions like improving malnutrition and child health in the Third World deserve a much higher priority than carbon cuts to battle climate change," he...

7 Aug2009

When it comes to global warming, talk of treason is in the air

Published by The Daily Star

Op-ed by Bjorn Lomborg Thursday, July 16, 2009 Discussions about global warming are marked by an increasing desire to stamp out “impure” thinking, to the point of questioning the value of democratic debate. But shutting down discussion simply means the disappearance of reason from public policy. In March, Al Gore’s science adviser and prominent climate researcher, Jim Hansen, proclaimed that when it comes to dealing with global warming, the “democratic process isn’t working.” Although science has demonstrated that carbon-dioxide from fossil fuels is heating...

27 Jul2009

Mr. Gore, Your Solution to Climate Change is Wrong

Published by Esquire

The plan we are most likely to adopt to address climate change will cost far too much and do next to nothing. The fight over the science of warming is over, yes. But the debate over the solution to global warming hasn't even begun...

22 Jun2009

Śmiertelnie przerażeni zmianami klimatu

Published by Racjonalista

Przesadzając straszymy dzieci – wierzą one, że nie mają przyszłości i że nastąpi koniec świata. Stałe pokazywanie w popularnych mediach przerażających historii o globalnym ociepleniu straszy niepotrzebnie. Co gorsza, przeraża nasze dzieci. Słynne jest odmalowanie podniesienia poziomu morza (o sześć metrów) przez Ala Gore’a, niemal całkowicie zalewające Florydę, Nowy Jork, Holandię, Bangladesz i Szanghaj, mimo że ONZ stwierdza, iż nic takiego się nie zdarzy i szacuje, że poziom wód podniesie się, ale dwudziestokrotnie mniej. Skonfrontowani z tymi przesadzonymi informacjami...

18 Jun2009

Lomborg's op-ed: Scared silly over climate change

Published by The Guardian

We are frightening children with exaggerations – they believe they don't have a future and that the world is going to end The continuous presentation of scary stories about global warming in the popular media makes us unnecessarily frightened. Even worse, it terrifies our kids. Al Gore famously depicted how a sea-level rise of 20ft (six metres) would almost completely flood Florida, New York, Holland, Bangladesh, and Shanghai, even though the United Nations says that such a thing will not even happen, estimating that sea levels will rise 20 times less than that. When confronted with...

18 Jun2009

Lomborg's op-ed in WSJ: Climate-Industrial Complex

Published by Wall Street Journal

Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets. The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War. President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the might of the "military-industrial complex," cautioning that "the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." He worried that...

2 Jun2009

Interview with Lomborg in the Barron's

Published by Barron's

Global Warming Is Manageable -- if We're Smart THE NEXT TREATY TO CURB GLOBAL WARMING WILL BE negotiated this December in Copenhagen, Bjorn Lomborg's home city. Called by The Guardian (U.K.) "one of the 50 people who could save the planet," Lomborg, a statistician, is the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001) and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming" (2007). He also maintains a Website on environmental issues at www.lomborg.com. Contrary to widely held belief, Lomborg isn't at all skeptical of the fact that global warming...

30 Apr2009

Lomborg in New York Times: Copenhagen Climate Summit will waste 10 more years unless we change tracks

Published by The New York Times

WE are often told that tackling global warming should be the defining task of our age — that we must cut emissions immediately and drastically. But people are not buying the idea that, unless we act, the planet is doomed. Several recent polls have revealed Americans’ growing skepticism. Solving global warming has become their lowest policy priority, according to a new Pew survey. (...)...

16 Apr2009

Op-ed: Earth is Enough

Published by Project Syndicate

According to conventional wisdom, we are voraciously using the world’s resources and living way beyond Earth’s means. This narrative of decline and pessimism underlies much of today’s environmental discourse, and is often formulated in a simple fashion: by 2030, we will need two planets to sustain us, owing to higher living standards and population growth. If everyone managed to live at American living standards today, we would need almost five planets. But this received wisdom is fundamentally wrong. (...)...

2 Apr2009

Op-ed: Hour of no power increases emissions

Published by The Australian

THIS Saturday, the World Wildlife Fund wants everybody on the planet to switch off their lights for an hour in a "global election between Earth and global warming", where switching off the lights "is a vote for Earth". In Australia, where Earth Hour started, it evidently enjoys strong support from politicians, celebrities, corporate backers and the public. The efforts this Saturday certainly will be well-intentioned. Many of us worry about global warming and would like to be part of the solution. Unfortunately, this event - as with many public proposals on climate change...

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