In The Skeptical Environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg challenges widely held beliefs that the global environment is progressively getting worse. Using statistical. So the world isn’t doomed after all? Chris Lavers is himself sceptical about Bjørn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the. Bjorn Lomborg is a Danish author and political scientist, and President of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre. He’s best known for his

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Far from simply presenting a philosophical objection to the conventional wisdom on environmental issues, Lomborg adopts a highly detailed, data-rich approach in which much-cited ‘facts’ are examined and questioned in the light of competing and, in his view, more accurate data. Things are getting indeed better. The logic and conclusions in the book are fatally flawed and the references are selectively chosen to support his outrageously naive claims that everything’s fine with the world.

Examining the challenge of collecting sufficient amounts of water, Lomborg says that wars will probably not erupt over water because fighting such wars is not cost-effective one week of war with the Palestinians, for instance, would cost Israel more than five desalination plants, according to an Israeli officer.

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If you are an environmentalist, this is a must read – it shows what the “other side” can envirojmentalist as arguments against your cause.

I selected this book because I did judge the book by its cover. The central point is that we need to weigh up the costs and benefits associated with solving a problem – say global warming – and that our money might be better off spent elsewhere. For example, when discussing fertilizers in our rivers and such that are suffocating the sealife at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, he implies that the only argument against killing off this life is ethical.

Bjorn discusses various environmental and health issues pesticides, feeding the world, saving skeptial rainforests, global warming, etc Slightly dated but a great book. He has stated that he began his research as an attempt to counter what he saw as anti- ecological arguments by Julian Lincoln Simon in an article in Wiredbut changed his mind after starting to analyze data.

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Sep 21, Betsey rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Jul 27, Edward Yu rated it liked it. Lomborg takes on many of the environmental spheres of concern including; life expectancy, forests, food and hunger, global warming, biodiversity, and some of the myriad aspects of pollution.

Dec 11, Stephanie “Jedigal” marked it as to-read.

The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjørn Lomborg

I have always considered myself to be an environmentalist since I was a child and my parents taught me not to litter or be wasteful, to be kind to animals, and to respect and appreciate nature.

Jan 10, Michelle rated it it was amazing.

An excellent voice of reason in a very emotional and important debate. The main reason for my surmising that most of them haven’t read it is because they make pointed, often gleeful, attacks on things that Lomborg specifically addresses in the book.

One cannot environmentalisst that Lomborg hasn’t done his homework, though many have. Many of the extant reviews exist to further the agendae of the reviewers, rather than cast an unbiased however jaded eye over this book.

The “separately written expert reviews” further detail the various expert opinions. I kind of knew, at some level, that I was full of shit. Bjorn discusses various environmental and health issues pesticides, feeding the world, saving the rainforests, global warming, etc.

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Culturally we seem to have grown complacent in accepting that scientists have the unique ability to accurately predict the future. A statistician by training, he knows that good decisions can’t be made on the basis of faulty data.

Want to Read saving…. This book stirred up a lot of controversy.

So have we been led down the garden path by tbe His text, they said, misrepresented the actual positions of environmentalists and scientists, and his analysis was marred by invalidating errors that include a narrow, biased reading of the literature, an inadequate understanding of the science, and quotations taken out of context. The ideas sound good, but are super dubious.


Both attitudes are mistaken. Environmentalists need to be realistic, instead of fearmongering.

Of course many of his ideas are interesting and important: The authors, all supporters of the green movement, were strong on contempt and sneering, but weak on substance. While Lomborg admits that extinctions are a problem, he asserts that they are not the catastrophe claimed by some, and have little effect on human prosperity. Opinion was largely polarized. Bjorn in social media Twitter Facebook LinkedIn. Scientific American allowed Lomborg a one-page defense in the May edition, [5] and then attempted to remove Lomborg’s publication of his complete response online, citing a copyright violation.

Among the general media, The New York Times stated that “The primary target of the book, a substantial work of analysis with almost 3, footnotes, are statements made by environmental organizations like the Worldwatch Institute, the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace.

The Skeptical Environmentalist

He supports his argument with over footnotes, allowing discerning readers to check his sources. Family planning Pledge two or fewer Human population planning One-child policy Two-child policy Population biology Population decline Population density Physiological density Population dynamics Population growth Population model Population pyramid Projections of population growth. I gave more thought to the parts on politics and economics of environmental approaches interesting.

My greatest concern, however, is with Lomborg’s tone. A group of scientists published an article in in the Journal of Information Ethics[29] in which they concluded that most criticism against Lomborg was unjustified, tye that the scientific community envoronmentalist misused their authority to suppress the author.

There are pros and cons to both techniques, and it is always best to do both. Jul 27, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 31, Sivakumar Thangavelu rated it it was amazing. I have sometimes done this type of work, and I am in awe at Lomborg’s achievement.