Energy & Environment

The not-so-skeptical environmentalist

Dan Farber

Bjorn Lomborg (a.k.a. the “Skeptical Environmentalist”) has apparently had a change of heart regarding climate change.  According to the Guardian:

The world’s most high-profile climate change sceptic is to declare that global warming is “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today” and “a challenge humanity must confront”, in an apparent U-turn that will give a huge boost to the embattled environmental lobby.

Bjørn Lomborg, the self-styled “sceptical environmentalist” once compared to Adolf Hitler by the UN’s climate chief, is famous for attacking climate scientists, campaigners, the media and others for exaggerating the rate of global warming and its effects on humans, and the costly waste of policies to stop the problem.

But in a new book to be published next month, Lomborg will call for tens of billions of dollars a year to be invested in tackling climate change. “Investing $100bn annually would mean that we could essentially resolve the climate change problem by the end of this century,” the book concludes.

Lomberg wants to use raise money from an emissions tax to finance a massive research effort as well as climate adaptation.  It’s good to see someone who is actually open to considering the evidence.

Cross-posted from the environmental law and policy blog Legal Planet, a Berkeley Law-UCLA Law collaboration.

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Comments to "The not-so-skeptical environmentalist":
    • Mike

      Climate change is happening, the cause of it is still debatable. REGARDLESS the cause, keeping the Earth clean is something we should all be concerned with.

      With garbage piling up, CO2 in the atmosphere causing acidification of the oceans, deforestation and many other not so good things happening that is 100% related to human activity, we need to take steps to minimize our impact on nature. Just my thoughts.

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    • electrical equipment

      Conserve energy and reduce the greenhouse gases has been the cry of many environmentalist and lawmakers in this oil price crisis and past ones. A lot of word and guilt pushed off to us consumers. We need energy just to get to our jobs.

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    • Carl Williams

      you know Mitch you might be wright our whole solar system is heating up and has been for decades. The Yellow dwarf which makes up the center of our solar system, is experiencing the largest Sun spots ever recorded,and the most dynamic solar flairs that have unknown consequences which could account for global warming.There may be other forces at work Volcano’s were responsible for the little ice age, it is hard to collate all the data that would be necessary to support supposition of this nature however many scientists have had reservation of the consequences of burning fossil fuels as far back as the nineteenth century.A professor of chemistry in Sweden H.Arrhenius was apprehensive about the introduction of carbon dioxide co2 into the atmosphere as consequence influencing climate.Trewartha a geographer in the thirties coined the term greenhouse and was concerned by the dust bowl phenomena,Callendar a English coal Engineer stated the artificial production of carbon dioxide could have consequences.Revelle and Suess 1957 concluded humans are pumping large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and they urged study,Charles Keeling the modern father of warning the scientific community of the distinct possibility of irreversible climate change when the co2 parts per million in atmosphere reached more than 360 ppm.Keeling worked for the Scripps institute of Oceanography and invented a device to measure co2 in 1958,at that time co2 was 310 ppm today it is 390 ppm.Why the scientific community is not scrambling to embrace a true understanding of this alarming and maybe cataclysmic fact gives me pause.Perhaps if the Oceanic Atlantic currant conveyor were to stall,Ice age in one hundred years?

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