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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The Skeptical Environmentalist is a useful corrective to the more alarmist accounts favored by green activists and the media.

He progresses from the general to the specific, starting with a broad concern, such as pollution or energy, dividing it into subtopics e. They’ll benefit and their decendents will benefit, the very decendents we’re so worried about suffering from the effects of global warming. Retrieved 21 February Convinced this was nothing more than right-wing propaganda, Lomborg bought the author’s book and assigned his class the job of debunking it.

If you are an environmentalist, this is a must read – it shows what the “other side” can use as arguments against your environmentaljst. He raises some really important questions; I just don’t think he answers them well.

He supports his argument with over footnotes, environmetalist discerning readers to check his sources. Lomborg decides to write a book testing many of the libertarian’s claims, such as the trickle-down theory of economic development. Archived from the original PDF on He is a statistician, not a scientist, and there are so many places where he misinterprets important things that he must either be too naive or too dishonest for me to trust him.


Scientific American, 15 April Both attitudes are mistaken. It argues for prioritizing, rather than fear-mongering. The world is falling apart, in other words, and it’s all our fault.

The Skeptical Environmentalist – Wikipedia

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Bjorn Lomborg started working on the issues that would eventually make up the content of his book by leading some of his statistics students into debunking some claims made by University of Maryland’s professor Julian Simon. Lomborg is unrelentingly upbeat about the state of the world and the progress that is generally being made tackling everything from pollution to starvation.

In contrast, adaptation emphasizes investing in ways to deal with the future and disasters after they happen. The January issue of Scientific American contained, under the heading “Misleading Math about the Earth”, a set of essays by several scientists, thw maintain that Lomborg and The Skeptical Environmentalist misrepresent both scientific evidence and scientific enviromentalist.

If, on the other hand, you are an intelligent reader, concerned with the state of the environment, this book will make you see red. The use of science by scientists as a means of negotiating for desired political outcomes — the politicization of science by scientists — threatens the development of effective policies in contested issues.

Fog enumerates and details what he believes to be flaws and errors in Lomborg’s work. Population and housing censuses by country Metropolitan areas by population Population milestone babies. But instead of refuting this saying, he has supported it with this book.

He is clearly committed to rubbishing the views of hand-picked environmentalists, frequently the very silly ones such as Ehrlich, whom professionals have been ignoring for decades.


It does however provide a lot to think about. He also notes that water pollution in major Western rivers decreased rapidly after the use of sewage systems became widespread. The Skeptical Environmentalist was controversial even before its English-language release, with anti-publication efforts launched against Cambridge University Press.

I kind of knew, at some level, that I was full of shit. It is truly a tour de force. He looks into the data behind the claims of impending catastrophe, such as the famous “hockey stick” graph, and traces it back to the sources. After I finished his book, I found that I was not alone in my distaste for this book.

Skepticism toward The Skeptical Environmentalist

In arriving at the final work, Lomborg has used a similar approach in each of his work’s main areas and subtopics. We see Moore’s Law show up in a lot of areas of technology. 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.

Author says we should compare to the past in order to see how we’re doing. Still, arguments this book makes are extremely important to counter to all the environmentalist bullshit out there. Again, Lomborg argues that faster growth in emerging countries would help them reduce their air pollution levels.