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By Bjorn Lomborg - Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming [Hardcover]

Bjorn Lomborg
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group (20 Aug 2007)
  • ASIN: B0027IQBFQ
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
"We have to ask why we seem so focused on cutting CO2 when there are so many other policies that would do so much more good."

In "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming", Danish statistician and ex-member of Greenpeace Bjorn Lomborg demonstrates that his views have changed little from the time that he wrote "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and "How to Spend $50bn to Make the World a Better Place". Lomborg is an unashamed economic liberal and globalist and believes that unrestricted (or at least, only slightly restricted) economic development will make all the world's people wealthier, lifting the grandchildren on those living in poverty today to a level of prosperity exceeding that of the first world by 2100, giving them and us, at the same time, the resources to deal with the effects of global warming. It is perhaps unsurprising to report that while he does believe that (man-made) global warming is happening, that it is not going to cause a calamity for the planet: it may cause a temperature rise of 2.5 degrees by 2100, and while this will, on balance, be bad, it does not present a challenge to humanity that is massively greater than other challenges that it has, and will, face. In support of that evidence he quotes the International Panel for Climate Change's (IPCC) 2007 data for a "business as usual" scenario. This is the worst case scenario of a body that is, he suggests, far from the neutral scientific body that it set out to be.

Lomborg's analysis is optimistic and his objective humanitarian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars moral dilemma 2 Dec 2009
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Do you believe we are justified in allowing people to die of disease or starvation because we are spending the money which could have saved them on attempts to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere? If you cannot answer a straight 'YES' to this question, read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is brought more into focus with the revelations of the e-mails hacked from an English university recently. Quite why these e-mails are causing so much fuss is puzzling since this book has no difficulty in finding information to trash Al Gore. This book is less about global warming and more about trashing Al Gore. This book shows that global warming is a massive fraud. Well yes; global warming is a problem: but it isn't a catastrophe. The fraud is with respect to the exaggeration of the possible death and damage of global warming. What it doesn't show is why so many individuals have succumbed to the fraud. Newspapers feed on hysteria and exaggeration; ok we accept this. But why is respected organisations like Greenpeace towing the line. University lecturers who don't tow the line ; get their funding cut: why. The attempts to answer this question are feeble and unconvincing. The author covers the subject very well and gives the unqualified member of the public a good general understanding of the environmental climate change subject. We get stories of an American TV station agonising over the morality of providing a balanced argument on the subject; these are supposed to be intelligent people. Whether you agree with the Al Gore global catastrophe message or not; environmental climate change is supposed to be a scientific subject with massive research funding into scientific research into the subject. Yet the base data on which the catastrophe predictions is based; is deliberately withheld from public view (this fact was confirmed in newspaper reports of the e-mail hacking ) ( if you have nothing to hide; we are always told). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 5 Jan 2011
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An Excellent book.
This is a must read for anyone interested in Global Warming. Professor Lomborg shows how much of the debate on the issue is riddled with mistakes and misquotes of the available research. These mistakes have led those that care about the environment to focus on a very expensive and limited result solution (i.e. Kyoto Protocol and variants). More importantly it has resulted in a sharp decrease in R&D on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The author argues with great clarity that it is the opposite that is required i.e. we need a great increase in R&D and that this offers a less expensive and real solution to Global Warming.

The book is very readable but also has an extensive Bibliography (1116 items) to allow the reader to properly assess any opinion and research.

You will be shocked by how such important politicians as Al Gore have made significant mistakes in their review of the research, which greatly confuses the Global Warming issue. However, the book should leave you optimistic that a solution is within our grasp.
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