Cool it: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming

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Global warming has become one of the permanent concerns of our time, with ever stronger calls to combat it via drastic programs, like the Kyoto Protocol. In this highly controversial book, Bjorn Lomborg (author of the bestselling The Skeptical Environmentalist) claims that the arguments for such action are little more than scare mongering and exposes this wide range of disinformation. Global warming is happening. It's a serious and important problem and we need to deal with it in a responsible way. But in order to do so effectively, Lomborg argues we need to look at the cost and benefits of the proposed measures against global warming. He demonstrates that drastic, here-and-now measures is the worst way to spend our money. Climate change is a 100-year problem - we should not try to fix it in 10 years. This important book explodes myths and places the global warming debate into a broader view.

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User Review  - elviomedeiros - LibraryThing

An alternative and partially supported view on environmental issues. I like the pragmatic approach to solving global problems and dislike the disregard for nature itself (meaning loss of species). Read full review

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User Review  - wbc3 - LibraryThing

Lomborg examines what we should do about global warming rather than whether it is happening. He concedes that global warming is happening and it is largely caused by humans. He then takes the models ... Read full review

Contents

canaries in the cage?
1
LIST OF FIGURES
3
the short story
9
Total cost and benefit of Kyoto with and without the US both
39
Costs and benefits over time of stabilizing at 1990 CO levels
44
Projected extra deaths and lives saved due to temperature
45
Number of deaths attributable to different risk factors
49
Income per person for different nations and regions 18002003
53
Temperature change from 1969 to 2002 in Antarctica
84
Number of people flooded each year under different scenarios
88
Sea level rise over the coming century with and without Kyoto
92
Annual number of intense category 4 and 5 hurricanes globally
97
Global economic losses from great weather related disasters
99
US hurricane damage 19002005
101
US damage cost from hurricanes per decade 19002005
102
Number of strong to violent F3F5 tornadoes in the US
115

Worry about global warming in different countries
56
our many worries
63
Temperature and CO over the past 650000 years at Antarctica
64
Deep sea temperature over the past 67 million years
67
Northern hemisphere temperature from 900 to 2006
70
Sea level rise from 1807 to 2002 and IPCC projection till 2100
76
All the model estimates over the coming 300 years of Greenland
81
The estimate of Al GoreHansen of twentyfirstcentury sea level
82
Greenland annual temperature from 1785 to 2005
83
The number of people saved from malaria infection until 2085
137
The proportion of people with access to clean drinking water
151
The politics of global warming
165
making our top priorities cool
209
Notes
229
Bibliography
281
Index
345
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