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15 Nov2008

Europe, Japan Face $46 Billion Global-Warming Penalty

Published by Bloomberg

Twenty nations including Japan, Italy and Australia may be releasing more greenhouse-gas pollution than they agreed to under the Kyoto treaty to curb global warming. They're failing to rein in carbon-dioxide output enough to meet their pledges signed in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, according to reports by individual countries. As a penalty for missing their goals under the treaty, the nations are required to buy permits for every excess ton of the heat-trapping gas released through 2012. That will total 2.3 billion permits for 20 nations, New Carbon Finance, a research firm in London, has...

15 Oct2008

Lomborg's new op-ed: Is global warming always worse than expected?

Published by The Guardian

Let the data speak for itself Bjorn Lomborg, Tuesday October 14 2008 08.00 BST Despite the message favoured by environmental campaigners, temperatures in this decade have not been worse than expected Have you noticed how environmental campaigners almost inevitably say that not only is global warming happening and bad, but also that what we are seeing is even worse than expected? This is odd, because any reasonable understanding of how science proceeds would expect that, as we refine our knowledge, we find that things are sometimes worse and sometimes better than we expected, and that the most...

15 Oct2008

Misusing the Inaction Argument

Published by Project Syndicate

SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA – One commonly repeated argument for doing something about climate change sounds compelling, but turns out to be almost fraudulent. It is based on comparing the cost of action with the cost of inaction, and almost every major politician in the world uses it. (...) Lomborg's article as a Project Syndicate Thought Leader, Sept 2008...

7 Oct2008

Copenhagen Consensus 2008

Published by Copenhagen Consensus

Lomborg's Opening Speech at Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Lomborg's Closing Speech at Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Over two years, more than 50 economists have worked to find the best solutions to ten of the world’s biggest challenges. During the last week of May, an expert panel of 8 top-economists, including 5 Nobel Laureates, sat down to assess the research. The ranked list: A prioritized list highlighting the potential of 30 specific solutions to combat some of the biggest challenges facing the world. for more: go to www.copenhagenconsensus.com...

6 Oct2008

Global warming: why cut one 3,000th of a degree?

Published by The Times

Lomborg's article in The Times, Sept 30, 2008. Global warming: why cut one 3,000th of a degree? Britain's efforts to reduce the speed of global warming will cost huge sums of money and have a pitifully tiny effect. Global warming is seen everywhere as one of the most important issues. From the EU to the G8, leaders trip over one another to affirm their commitment to cutting CO2 to heal the world. What they do not often acknowledge - in part because it would lose them support - is that the solutions proffered are incredibly costly and will end up doing amazingly little good, even in a...

2 Sep2008

Lomborg's debate with Yohe in the Guardian

Published by The Guardian

Gary Yohe: Climate change is real, compelling and urgent Björn Lomborg has been a persistent global warming naysayer and his claims misrepresent my findings Bjorn Lomborg: An academic's duty is to truth, not trends Gary Yohe says I am a global warming naysayer – but just because a political movement has clarity, doesn't mean it's smart...

28 Aug2008

Lomborg's debate with Tickell on Guardian

Published by The Guardian

Oliver Tickell, Monday August 11 2008: On a planet 4C hotter, all we can prepare for is extinction There's no 'adaptation' to such steep warming. We must stop pandering to special interests, and try a new, post-Kyoto strategy Björn Lomborg, Friday August 15 2008: Warming warnings get overheated Alarmist predictions of climate change like Oliver Tickell's are not just bad science – they stop us thinking rationally about solutions Oliver Tickell Thursday August 21 2008: Insurance for our planet Spending money now to slow global warming can ensure that ruinous catastrophe...

5 Jan2008

The Guardian: 50 people who could save the planet

Published by The Guardian

Stranded polar bears, melting glaciers, dried-out rivers and flooding on a horrific scale - these were the iconic images of 2007. So who is most able to stop this destruction to our world? A Guardian panel, taking nominations from key environmental figures, met to compile a list of our ultimate green heroes.

3 Jan2008

Realtime with Bill Maher, Sept 21, 2007

Published by Dilbert Blog

Comment by Scott Adams at DILBERTBLOG

3 Jan2008

Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail

Published by The Globe and Mail

Global warming's cooler heads How is any normal person supposed to make sense of the global warming debate? I don't blame you if you've given up. The trouble is, it's not a debate at all. It's a heavily politicized screaming match, with claims and counterclaims bombarding you from all directions. What can we do? And who the heck can we believe? If you're in this fix, Bjorn Lomborg is your man. The Danish environmentalist has just published an essential guide for the perplexed, called Cool It. He covers all the bases in language anyone can understand. He doesn't...

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