The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Lomborg, Bjorn






(1965) A Danish author, academic, and environmental writer who became internationally known for his book The Skeptical Environmentalist.

An AGW proponent who recommends adaptation

He promotes an unconventional position on climate change: he opposes the Kyoto Protocol and other measures to cut carbon emissions in the short-term, and argues that we should instead adapt to short-term temperature rises as they are inevitable, and spend money on research and development for longer-term environmental solutions, and on other important world problems such as AIDS, malaria and malnutrition.

Why we should "Cool it!"

His position on global warming is elaborated in his book Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. In it he argues that the elaborate and expensive actions now being considered to stop global warming will cost hundreds of billions of dollars without the same return on investment, often are based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and may have very little impact on the world's temperature for centuries. He concludes that a limited carbon tax is needed in the First World as well as subsidies from the First World to the Third World to help fight ongoing humanitarian crises.

Reason Magazine Interview

The following is a September 2009 interview with Reason magazine's science correspondent Ronald Bailey.



Lomborg's Copenhagen consensus project



Notes:
1. Click here to read Andrew Revkin's review of Cool It.

2. Click here to read a more detailed review by environmental economist Frank Ackerman in the journal Climate Change.

3. Key Quote: "We live in a world where one in six deaths are caused by easily curable infectious diseases; one in eight deaths stem from air pollution, mostly from cooking indoors with dung and twigs; and billions of people live in abject poverty, with no electricity and little food.

We ought never to have entertained the notion that the world’s greatest challenge could be to reduce temperature rises in our generation by a fraction of a degree.”


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