Lomborgs Theorem

Four Global Warming Is No Catastrophe five On Melting Glaciers and Rising Sea Levels six On Greenland and the Missing Figures eight On Antarctica and the Larsen-B Ice Shelf nine On Hurricanes and Extreme Weather Events PART 3. JOURNALISM AS USUAL thirteen Lomborg's Triple-A Rating fourteen How Wrong Was Lomborg

Foreword Thomas E Love

Ever a graduate student, I habitually turn to the back of a scholarly article or book to read the footnote or see what the citation actually is. Scholars do this not from some boring pedantic thoroughness, but rather out of true intellectual curiosity. As usual, I did that when reviewing the Skeptical Environmentalist for Scientific American. I remember my frustration at inadequate citations, so much so that I characterized them in the review as a mirage in the desert. I reviewed only the...

On Water Shortages

Lomborg argued that global warming will reduce the number of people worldwide who lack access to drinking water. In this context, Lomborg indicted environmental circles, where the argument is that we're approaching a water crisis and a full-scale emergency, which, according to Lomborg, is misleading. Lomborg acknowledged regional and logistic problems with water, and that we need to get better at using it. But basically, he writes, we have sufficient water.1 His conclusions are inconsistent...

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Lomborg attributes Figure 41 to page 8 in a 1990 UNESCO document, but the figure cannot be located in the document. 22 And Lomborg himself drew Figure 5, which he described as a reasonable attempt to map out the best guess of development among very different definitions of access to drinking water and sanitation. Lomborg also wrote that women still do not have the same access to education, and this is also reflected in the higher illiteracy rate, which at 21

Notes

Chapter 1. 2001 A Theorem 's Odyssey> 1. Bj rn Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real State of the World (Cambridge, U.K. Cambridge University Press, 2001), 4. 4. See Bjorn Lomborg's Web site at http www.lomborg.com . 5. Bjorn Lomborg, Cool It The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming (New York Knopf, 2007), ix. 7. Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist, xix. 8. Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist, publisher's note, The Skeptical Environmentalist,...

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For example, the more recently issued IFPRI report (1999), like GEO 2000, described serious problems with soil fertility in Africa Low and declining soil fertility is a serious problem in many low-income countries, including most of Africa. 44And with respect to the future of undernourished persons in the developing world, including those in Sub-Saharan Africa, the 1999 IFPRI report also stated In the scenario described here, food insecurity and malnutrition will...

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Leading to a boon now, the IPCC described the impact of the rapidly melting glaciers in the Himalayas in decidedly less favorable terms The entire Hindu Kush-Himalaya ice mass has decreased in the last two decades. Hence, water supply in areas fed by glacial melt water from the Hindu Kush and Himalayas, on which hundreds of millions of people in China and India depend, will be negatively affected.43 The TAR the 2001 IPCC assessment report identified mountain regions as having experienced...

On Melting Glaciersand Rising Sea Levels

Though Lomborg never demonstrated in chapter 2 of Cool It that global warming would lead to a net reduction in human mortality, he began chapter 3 by claiming to have settled that issue, and by pledging to expose many other environmentalists' exaggerations concerning the impacts of global warming In chapter 2, we looked at what happens just when temperatures increase and saw that it was no catastrophe. But, of course, there are many other concerns about global warming, each often presented as a...