The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World

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Cambridge University Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 515 pages
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Bjørn Lomborg, a former member of Greenpeace, challenges widely held beliefs that the world environmental situation is getting worse and worse in his new book, The Skeptical Environmentalist. Using statistical information from internationally recognized research institutes, Lomborg systematically examines a range of major environmental issues that feature prominently in headline news around the world, including pollution, biodiversity, fear of chemicals, and the greenhouse effect, and documents that the world has actually improved. He supports his arguments with over 2500 footnotes, allowing readers to check his sources. Lomborg criticizes the way many environmental organizations make selective and misleading use of scientific evidence and argues that we are making decisions about the use of our limited resources based on inaccurate or incomplete information. Concluding that there are more reasons for optimism than pessimism, he stresses the need for clear-headed prioritization of resources to tackle real, not imagined, problems. The Skeptical Environmentalist offers readers a non-partisan evaluation that serves as a useful corrective to the more alarmist accounts favored by campaign groups and the media. Bjørn Lomborg is an associate professor of statistics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus. When he started to investigate the statistics behind the current gloomy view of the environment, he was genuinely surprised. He published four lengthy articles in the leading Danish newspaper, including statistics documenting an ever-improving world, and unleashed the biggest post-war debate with more than 400 articles in all the major papers. Since then, Lomborg has been a frequent participant in the European debate on environmentalism on television, radio, and in newspapers.
  

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Worthy causes, whether religious, political or moral tend to see themselves as above the duty to provide evidence to substantiate both their claims about reality and the suitability of their proposed ... Read full review

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Slightly dated but a great book. You can follow the author on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bjornlomborg) where he does post updates on various figures (mostly focused on global warming). This ... Read full review

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Contents

Will we have enough food?
93
Forests are we losing them?
110
Energy
118
Nonenergy resources
137
Water
149
continued
159
Acid rain and forest death
178
Allergies and asthma
185
Tomorrows problems
215
Biodiversity
249
Global warming
258
The Real State of the World
327
Notes
353
Bibliography
435
Index
506
Copyright

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The Skeptical Environmentalist - Cambridge University Press
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The Skeptical Enviromentalist - Bjørn Lomborg
The Skeptical Enviromentalist. In The Skeptical Environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg challenges widely held beliefs that the global environment is progressively ...
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Scientific American slaps The Skeptical Environmentalist
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John Tierney, a science columnist for the New York Times, checks out new research and rethinks conventional wisdom
tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/ 2007/ 09/ 14/ dr-lomborg-and-his-critics/

Skeptical Environmentalist: Case Study in the Manufacture of News ...
How did a book authored by an obscure Danish academic with little or no expertise in environmental science become an international media event
www.csicop.org/ scienceandmedia/ environmentalist/

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About the author (2001)

Bjørn Lomborg is an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark. He has published in international journals in the fields of game theory and computer simulations. He has given invited lectures on the subjects discussed in The Skeptical Environmentalist in leading universities in North America and Europe following the success of the original Danish edition which has had a significant impact on the terms of the environmental debate within Scandinavia.

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