The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global WarmingBook - 2007
A groundbreaking book that transforms the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns.
Bjorn Lomborg argues that many of the elaborate and expensive actions now being considered to stop global warming will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, are often based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and may very well have little impact on the world’s temperature for hundreds of years. Rather than starting with the most radical procedures, Lomborg argues that we should first focus our resources on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and assuring and maintaining a safe, fresh water supply—which can be addressed at a fraction of the cost and save millions of lives within our lifetime. He asks why the debate over climate change has stifled rational dialogue and killed meaningful dissent.
Lomborg presents us with a second generation of thinking on global warming that believes panic is neither warranted nor a constructive place from which to deal with any of humanity’s problems, not just global warming. Cool It promises to be one of the most talked about and influential books of our time.
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Argues that many of the elaborate actions being considered to stop global warming are too costly and will have little impact, and suggests that society's focus should be on such immediate concerns as fighting HIV/AIDS and maintaining a fresh water supply.
While the fact of anthropogenic global warming is certainly beyond debate, argues Lomborg (an economist at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), the nature of our response to it is not. He warns that "hysterical" spending on extravagant carbon dioxide reduction programs as envisioned by the Kyoto Protocol is a wasteful option, especially in comparison to the good that could be done by diverting extra resources to global priorities identified by the 2004 Copenhagen Consensus of economists. These include control of HIV AIDS, addressing malnutrition, trade liberalization, control of malaria, development of new agricultural technologies, research on water productivity in food production, and lowering the cost of starting a new business. According to the Copenhagen Consensus, all of these are good to very good opportunities, while carbon taxes and the Kyoto Protocol are bad opportunities. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)