Saturday, October 6, 2007

Bjorn Lomborg Takes a Cool Approach To a Heated Debate

Bjorn Lomborg has a novel idea on how to save the polar bear and it has nothing to do with reducing carbon emissions. Lomborg suggests we stop people from shooting them.

He points out the fact that the polar bear population has actually increased since the 1960's, a statement that is borne out by a Canadian government survey. He states that is due, in part, to greater regulation on polar bear hunting and suggests that if we save the 49 bears that are shot each year that it would have a more significant impact on the polar bear population than any attempt at curbing greenhouse gases. Lomborg further states that there is no indication that the polar bear is in any danger of becoming extinct.

Lomborg is the Danish professor who won fame as the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and his new book, Cool It: the Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, has recently been published.

Lomborg also takes issue with the reports that global warming will cause deaths from heatwaves, pointing out that there will be tenfold fewer deaths from the cold than there will be from the heat. He states that the death tallies that the UN's World Health Organization's lays at the doorstep of global warming are due in large part to malnutrition and diseases such as malaria and diarrhea in developing countries.

Lomborg says his new book is an attempt to have a "cool and rational conversation about climate change."


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