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Bjorn Lomborg calls himself an environmentalist. He was concerned enough to join Greenpeace and go vegetarian. So when he read an interview with economist Julian Simon claiming environmental concerns are bunk, Lomborg was inspired to prove him wrong. A professor of statistics at a Danish University, Lomborg set up a class project to examine Simon’s theories. To his surprise, analysis proved Simon right on nearly every count. Lomborg was inspired to write a book, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World.
'Pies for damn lies and statistics' as Danish anti-green author gets his just desserts This article from ALLSORTS miling list 5th Sept 2001 Danish anti-environmentalist author Bjorn Lomborg today received his just desserts courtesy of a fellow writer enraged at his "dangerous and misleading" statements on crucial green issues. A pie was thrown in his face at Borders Bookshop in Oxford just after 7pm this evening. Lomborg's heavily-promoted new book 'The Skeptical Environmentalist' claims variously that consumer waste isn't a problem, that species loss is minimal, and that it is far too expensive to do anything about global warming. Pie-man Mark Lynas said he was unable to ignore Lomborg's comments on climate change.
Mark Lynas (born 1973) is a British author , journalist and environmental activist who focuses on climate change . He is a contributor to New Statesman , Ecologist , Granta and Geographical magazines, and The Guardian and The Observer newspapers in the UK; he also worked on the film The Age of Stupid . He was born in Fiji , grew up in Peru and the United Kingdom and holds a degree in history and politics from the University of Edinburgh . [ 1 ] He lives in Oxford , England . He has published several books including Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2007) and The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans (2011).
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FiveBooks asked science writer Matt Ridley for a reading list on Technology, Optimism and How It’s All Going To Be Fine. Read what he had to say to editor Anna Blundy about top 5 pick The Skeptical Environmentalist by the one and only Bjørn Lomborg. He read a famous article about Julian Simon in Wired , about the bet and Simon’s views, and Bjorn, being a gay, vegetarian, left-wing Dane thought: ‘This is crap.’
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"The Skeptical Environmentalist" Author Found Guilty of Scientific Dishonesty: Decision Regarding Complaints Against Bjørn Lomborg Udvalgene Vedrørende Videnskabelig Uredelighed Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty 7jan03Decision Regarding Complaints Against Bjørn Lomborg Udvalgene Vedrørende Videnskabelig Uredelighed Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty 7jan03 1. The cases and their consideration
The recent publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist, a book by Bj¿rn Lomborg (Cambridge University Press, 2001), ignited an international controversy. Lomborg, a Danish political scientist with a background in statistics, argues in his text that claims made by environmentalists about global warming , overpopulation, energy, deforestation, species loss, water shortages, and a variety of other issues are exaggerations unsupported by a proper analysis of environmental data. His message was widely publicized in the popular media and championed by political commentators traditionally opposed to environmentalist policies. Outraged voices within the mainstream scientific community quickly answered, however, that Lomborg¿s work was deeply flawed.
The Union of Concerned Scientists examines The Skeptical Environmentalist ( http://www.ucsusa.org/environment/lomborg.html ). Detailed responses from Peter Gleick on the book¿s treatment of water resources, Jerry Mahlman on global warming , and Edward O. Wilson, Thomas Lovejoy, Norman Myers, Jeffrey Harvey and Stuart Pimm on biodiversity and species loss. Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark ( http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/books/lomborg121201.asp ).
Howard Friel; Foreword by Thomas E. Lovejoy Click here to read the author's response to comments from Bjorn Lomborg about The Lomborg Deception . In this major assessment of leading climate-change skeptic Bjørn Lomborg, Howard Friel meticulously deconstructs the Danish statistician’s claim that global warming is “no catastrophe” by exposing the systematic misrepresentations and partial accounting that are at the core of climate skepticism. His detailed analysis serves not only as a guide to reading the global warming skeptics, but also as a model for assessing the state of climate science. With attention to the complexities of climate-related phenomena across a range of areas—from Arctic sea ice to the Antarctic ice sheet— The Lomborg Deception also offers readers an enlightening review of some of today’s most urgent climate concerns.
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Bjørn Lomborg drives people crazy. The tale of the controversy that swarmed his 2001 book, “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” in which the native Dane argued that many environmental problems were overblown, has been widely told. With a few clicks you can read all about his skirmish with the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty and his protracted battle with Scientific American. In a flash you can find his defenders strafing his critics from their libertarian bunkers or congressional offices.
By Bjorn Lomborg Knopf. 253 pp. $21 Bjorn Lomborg is a Danish statistician and darling of those who believe that markets should not be regulated and that concerns about the environment are overblown. He is articulate, certain in his opinions and well informed on the statistical minutiae of the topics he investigates.
Copenhagen Consensus is a project that seeks to establish priorities for advancing global welfare using methodologies based on the theory of welfare economics . It was conceived [ 1 ] and organized by Bjørn Lomborg , the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and the then director of the Danish government's Environmental Assessment Institute . The project is run by the Copenhagen Consensus Center, [ 2 ] which is directed by Lomborg and was part of the Copenhagen Business School , but it is now an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation registered in the USA. The project considers possible solutions to a wide range of problems, presented by experts in each field.