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Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real State of the World

ISBN-10: 0521010683
ISBN-13: 9780521010689
Edition: 2001
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Description: The Skeptical Environmentalist challenges widely held beliefs that the environmental situation is getting worse and worse. The author, himself a former member of Greenpeace, is critical of the way in which many environmental organisations make  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 540
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.618
Language: English

The Skeptical Environmentalist challenges widely held beliefs that the environmental situation is getting worse and worse. The author, himself a former member of Greenpeace, is critical of the way in which many environmental organisations make selective and misleading use of the scientific evidence. Using the best available statistical information from internationally recognised research institutes, Bjrn Lomborg systematically examines a range of major environmental problems that feature prominently in headline news across the world. His arguments are presented in non-technical, accessible language and are carefully backed up by over 2500 footnotes allowing readers to check sources for themselves. Concluding that there are more reasons for optimism than pessimism, Bjrn Lomborg stresses the need for clear-headed prioritisation of resources to tackle real, not imagined problems. The Skeptical Environmentalist offers readers a non-partisan stocktaking exercise that serves as a useful corrective to the more alarmist accounts favoured by campaign groups and the media.

Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History in the Department of History, University of Glasgow. His previous publications include The Russian Civil War (1983/2008), The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev: The Central Committee and its Members, 1917-1991 (with Stephen White, 2000), The Stalin Years: The Soviet Union, 1929-1953 (2003) and Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941-1945 (2005).Bjirn Lomborg is Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of the controversial bestseller, The Skeptical Environmentalist (Cambridge, 2001), and was named as one of the most globally influential people by Time magazine in 2004.

Introduction
The Litany
Things are getting better
Why do we hear so much bad news?
Human Welfare
Measuring human welfare
Life expectancy and health
Food and hunger
Prosperity
Conclusion
Can Human Prosperity Continue?
Are we living on borrowed time?
Will we have enough food
Forests - are we losing them?
Energy
Non-energy resources
Water
Conclusion
Pollution
Air pollution
Acid rain and forest death
Indoor air pollution
Allergies and asthma
Water pollution
Waste: running out of space?
Conclusion
Tomorrow���s Problems
Our chemical fears
Biodiversity
Global warming
The Real State of the World
Predicament or progress?
Notes
Bibliography

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