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

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

Bjørn Lomborg / Dec 08, 2019

Cool It The Skeptical Environmentalist s Guide to Global Warming Bj rn Lomborg is the best informed most humane advocate for environmental change in the world today In contrast to other figures that promote a single issue while ignoring others he views the globe a

  • Title: Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
  • Author: Bjørn Lomborg
  • ISBN: 9780307266927
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bj rn Lomborg is the best informed most humane advocate for environmental change in the world today In contrast to other figures that promote a single issue while ignoring others, he views the globe as a whole, studies all the problems, ranks them, determines how best, in what order, to address them His 1st book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, establisBj rn Lomborg is the best informed most humane advocate for environmental change in the world today In contrast to other figures that promote a single issue while ignoring others, he views the globe as a whole, studies all the problems, ranks them, determines how best, in what order, to address them His 1st book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, established the importance of a fact based approach With later books, Global Crises, Global Solutions How to Spend 50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, this mild mannered Danish statistician has steadily gained new converts Not surprisingly, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world Cool It will further enhance his reputation for global analysis thoughtful response For anyone who wants an overview of the global warming debate from an objective source, this brief text is a good place to start He s only interested in real problems He s no patience with media fear mongering He begins by dispatching the myth of endangered polar bears, showing that this Disneyesque cartoon has no relevance to the real world where polar bear populations are in fact increasing He considers the issue in detail, citing sources from Al Gore to the World Wildlife Fund, then demonstrating that polar bear populations have actually increased fivefold since the 60s He then works his way thru the concerns we hear so much about higher temperatures, heat deaths, species extinctions, the cost of cutting carbon, the technology to do it He believes in climate change despite his critics, he s no denier but his fact based approach, grounded in economic analyses, leads him to a different view He reviews published estimates of the cost of climate change, the cost of addressing it, concludes that we actually end up paying for a partial solution than the cost of the entire problem That is a bad deal In some of the most disturbing chapters, he recounts what leading climate figures have said about anyone who questions the orthodoxy, thus demonstrating the illiberal, antidemocratic tone of the current debate He himself takes the larger view, detailing why the tone of hysteria is inappropriate to addressing the problems In the end, his concerns embrace the planet He contrasts our concern for climate with other concerns such as HIV AIDS, malnutrition providing clean water In the end, his ability to put climate in a global perspective is perhaps the book s greatest value Lomborg Cool It are our best guides to our shared environmental future Michael Crichton edited

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    1. Many people have pointed out that the right to free speech doesn't mean that you are allowed to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater. I suppose that what Lomborg is doing isn't quite as bad; the theater is on fire, and he's shouting "Sit down, there's nothing to worry about!" That may put him just on the right side of the line, but I still wish he wouldn't do it. As everyone who's worked with science knows, if you cherry-pick your facts to favor only the most extreme interpretations, you can suppo [...]


    2. Lomborg looks at global warming and the proposed solutions with the unflinching eye of an economist, and discovers that most of the hype and hysteria is unjustifiable, and that most of the political solutions offered will make things worse for future generations. Lomborg is not a "climate change denier" - he fully accepts the IPCC consensus that global warming exists and is significantly caused by human activity. But that's where he parts company from most people who discuss global warming in pu [...]


    3. A conservative friend gave me this book for Christmas, saying it stimulated her book club to have a thoughtful discussion about the global warming debate. Not wanting to condemn it without reading Lomborg's position first, I made a valiant effort to read this all the way through, but grew increasingly disturbed at the way he reduces, simplifies, and misrepresents the arguments of many committed environmentalists, as he offers a rather smug economist's reaction to the fact that global warming is [...]


    4. Interesting book. Mr. Lomborg takes the science and applies statistical and economic methodology to it. Bottom line, the scare stories miss the point. Quite often they forget to give the other fact or more embaressing to look at the denominator. For example, about 5 times as many people die from cold than from heat related disease, etc. So warming saves lives. Rain increases so some areas do better others worse, but on the whole the world may do better. The amount of starvation may go up, but fa [...]


    5. I have a fascination with reading what is popular in non-fiction no matter how idiotic the book appears. I have at times been surprised and my intuitions about a book proved completely wrong. That was not the case with this book.Lomborg, has nothing new to say, he has no specialization in education or experience that is in anyway relevant to the topic he has chose to discuss, and he has no sense of proper scholarship. One would have thought that the fire storm that broke over his last book would [...]


    6. 5 stars, not for the prose, but for Lomborg's presentation of the facts, and a solid analytical argument that cuts through the choreographed screaming to argue that the costs of Kyoto (and this book is about Kyoto, not global warming per se), are excessive, will leave us and future generations worse off, and will have no discernible impact on global climate change or the human condition.


    7. On my "most important reads of 2009" informal list at the moment. This little book is a tour de force of sound reasoning. I'm so glad I found it, as I had been prone to stomping up and down my house muttering "Moby Dick, Moby" Oh, no, wrong life. OK. Muttering "Cost-benefit analysis---why isn't anyone doing global warming cost-benefit analysis? Have we all collectively lost our minds?" If you've ever been concerned about the environment but secretly been wondering if we are all being stampeded l [...]


    8. Excellent book about climate change, and the choices we face over the next century. Professor Lomborg is not a 'climate change denier' (a disparaging term coined by assholes whose moral vanity is matched only by their self-righteousness. For example of usage, see: Al Gore). Instead, he fully accepts the very clear science that tells us that the earth is warming, that humans bear some of the responsibility, and there will be negative consequences (increased flooding, more frequent and more powerf [...]


    9. *INITIAL IMPRESSION*I'm not even halfway through this book yet, and I'm already ranting about it. Not a good sign. Look, Mr. Bjorn whatever-your-name-is, I agree with your overall argument. I do, I really do. And I think you make some important points about how to think about solutions to global warming that are worth pursuing.But if you're going to write a book, FERCHRISSAKES make it interesting. Lord knows I love economists (well, one economist anyway), but they couldn't write an interesting s [...]


    10. It’s been a long time since I finished a book I enjoyed so little. The truth is, I appreciate much of what Lomborg seems to say and I also appreciate the spirit in which he says it, but much of the time he just doesn’t say it very well. Write it, I should say. Should write. What he has to share boils down to this: 1) the trend of rising temperatures does not spell the end of the world: the stated effects of global warming are not untrue, but they are much exaggerated: alarmist vocabulary and [...]


    11. It's been a while since I read this book, a couple years now, but I quite enjoyed the read (though I didn't love the book and was nowhere near in full agreement). I've always appreciated that Lomborg -- despite Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, likening him to Hitler -- was mostly trying to put all of the world's ills in perspective. For Lomborg, at least back when he was writing Cool It, there were other issues of greater importance to the world than c [...]


    12. No, the polar bears aren't going to go extinct. No, the seas are not going to rise and flood our cities, coastlands, and small island nations. No, the Gulf Stream is not going to stop and plunge Europe into Siberian cold. No, hurricanes are not getting more frequent or more intense. No, there will not be droughts and famines. Lomborg dispenses with all the hype, hysteria, and doom-saying in this slim volume (1/3 of its pages is bibliography and notes!)Lomborg, an economist, argues that we need t [...]


    13. Lomborg's case was very poorly argued. He focused on certain things that were insignificant, such as the number of people who will die from heat waves as the climate changes. The fact that he wastes so much space of his small book on such a non-mainstream argument takes away from the validity of his case.In the end, he claims that something should actually be done about climate change after he spends the whole book downplaying the need to do so.However, it does teach the problem with people who [...]


    14. His books always appear to be soundly reasoned. He regularly argues along the lines that we have limited resources and governments and institutions need to spend in ways that result in the most good, and many of his prescriptions seem to be well-meaning. However, he has historically spent most of his time undermining responses to environmental issues and very little time encouraging governments to solve global issues in his supposedly more cost-effective ways. He also is incredibly selective in [...]


    15. "Cool It" does two things well - criticizes some of the reactionary aspects of Global Warming (statements, media campaigns, and Kyoto), and proposes a method of deciding where money should be spent, based on solid numbers and good estimates of the effects of Global Warming. His point, and I agree with it, is that no matter what you and I do about hybrid vehicles and carbon credits, more people in China are going to want cars over the next 10 years. That is the BIG problem here. If we can provide [...]


    16. No stars for this misleading bit of non-science masquerading as science. Lomborg sets out to intentionally misinform, and he distorts facts, repeats debunked denier talking points and flat-out lies in order to do so. Hard to see what his motive is, except global warming iconoclasts get a lot of attention from the mainstream media which seeks "balance" at all costs, including loss of accuracy. There's gold in being a denier I guess, but don't wast your time here -- just listen to Fox News if you [...]


    17. This book provides an interesting perspective on global warming without being shrill or overtly political. It's not an anti-environmental polemic but rather, a thoughtful and logically presented point of view about an issue that has polarized people to such an extent that we sometimes find it difficult to listen to one another. Lomborg's propositions will force you to test your assumptions and broaden your understanding of global warming, and no matter where you fall on the sliding scale of beli [...]


    18. This book was much needed for me. Bjorn Lomborg urges us to take a step back from the environmental debate and look at it in a economically. What is the cheapest way to do the most good? Carbon cuts rank towards the bottom of the list. Instead we should focus on research and development as well as other more concrete actions that can be made imminently. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the environment but wants to stop approaching the global warming problem so "heatedly" [...]


    19. This was an okay read. I can sum it up in one sentence: Kyoto bad, HIV/AIDS research good. I like that he wasn't an extremist on either side. Most of the book is him disproving everything Al Gore has ever said and it's fun at first, but grows a little redundant. I got bored halfway through because it felt like the same old argument. But it's a good argument so I'm glad I read it.


    20. Lomborg’s book on climate change is a mixed bag. I heartily agree with his major policy prescriptions: give more aid to alleviate poverty, enact a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and invest massively in low-carbon R&D. The slim book is otherwise disappointing: short on ideas, selective with facts, and cavalierly dismissive that climate change could prove worse than most expect.


    21. An interesting read, which made me question the merits of the global warming hype. Then I learned about how he 'cherry picks' data and is the golden child of the right wing establishment - barf.


    22. From Al Gore to Kyoto, from sea level rise to fatal disease, Bjorn Lomborg tackles it all in his book Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming. Having seen a preview for Lomborg’s movie which spreads the message of his book, I was intrigued and decided to see what it was all about. I’ve seen An Inconvenient Truth, I’m completed my share of reading on environmental issues and strategies for doing my small part, and I consider myself to be a citizen who cares about [...]


    23. Lomborg presents a dissenting opinion to the importance of the Kyoto protocol based primarily on economic information. It seems to be well researched, but the fact-checking was certainly beyond my capabilities. The over-arching theme is that lives can better be saved and improved by spending money on humanitarian projects other than carbon-taxes.




    24. In his own words, the argument in this book is: 1. Global warming is real and man-made. It will have a serious impact on humans and the environment toward the end of this century.2. Statements about the strong, ominous and immediate consequences of global warming are often wildly exaggerated, and thus unlikely to lead to good policy.3. We need simpler, smarter, and more efficient solutions for global warming rather than excessive if well intentioned efforts. Large and expensive CO2 cuts made now [...]


    25. I didn't know it until pulling up the profile, but Lomborg is a controversial figure. This book is ostensibly an attempt to put the global warming problem into perspective, doing a cost/benefit analysis of dealing with the human contribution to that against other social and environmental problems. In his opinion, other, more pressing problems can and should be given a higher priority as they can be dealt with much more cost effectively. For now large investments should be made in new technologi [...]


    26. Climate change is not an imminent planters emergency. There are no short-term fixes. Cutting CO2 will not make the world a better place. Reducing our carbon emissions will have a negligible impact on the world's temperature. It cannot reduce the impact of global warming on those it has affected. Shaming of the Kyoto protocol for its inefficient use of resources with overly ambitious goals.We should put our resources into managing the effects of global warming and R&D of non-carbon emitting t [...]


    27. I had heard about this book on NPR when the author was interviewed. I was quite intrigued as I've always been rather skeptical of how bad climate change really is. I especially was skeptical after 20 minutes of watching Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" because I couldn't get past Al Gore's back-patting and self-involved persona in that first 20 minutes. However, having been "the environmentalist" of my family insomuch I believe in recycling, not being wasteful, and respecting the environmentI w [...]


    28. Come “the skeptic environmentalist”, non e’ del tutto convincente. Sono pronto a credere che – dato il limitato risultato ottenibile anche nel migliore degli scenari e gli enormi costi economici conseguenti a riduzioni significative delle emissioni di CO2 – Kyoto (considerata la scarsita’ di risorse finanziarie) non convenga rispetto ad una congerie di manovre eziologiche che affronterebbero diversi problemi in maniera piu’ razionale. Sono pronto a credere che Kyoto non e’ la sol [...]


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