Lomborg in Hindustan Times

6)Star Statistician: Bjorn Lomborg   Why: He would have appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” by the time you read this. In the run up to Copenhagen, the professor at the Copenhagen Business School has written for Time, Newsweek and the Hindustan Times, and his views are sought by everyone from the Economist to the government of Mali, which wants him to advise them on how to spend money they might receive to tackle the effects of climate change. So the Playstation addict and author of two books (“Have you played Uncharted 2?” he asks a HT reporter, who hasn’t) roams freely through the highly restricted 1,100-seat media centre, pursued for interviews.  Lomborg’s USP: Using the services of economists and Nobel laureates, he advocates a move from spending money on global warming — it simply does not make economic sense, he says — to use radical technology-based solutions. The future: Some of Lomborg’s fixes sound like science fiction — whitening clouds so they reflect more sunlight back into space — but he merely collates and commissions what is done by solid scientists. Some say the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center understates the risks and costs of climate change and overstates the costs of preventive action. The Guardian said he was one of the 50 people who could save the planet. Either way, you’re going to hear a lot from Lomborg. 

15 Jan 2010

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