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Common sense and hot air

Bjørn Lomborg's climate change scepticism is made possible only by distorting the scientific evidence. His cheery optimism is not the counterweight we need to unthinking alarmism

By Kevin Watkins   October 2007

Cool it: the skeptical environmentalist’s guide to global warming, by Bjørn Lomborg Marshall Cavendish, £16.99

Bjørn Lomborg believes that the future will be far better than you are being led to believe. You can’t fault his ambition, or his perseverance. But his book is a concoction of selectively presented facts which fails to address the real challenge posed by climate change.

The past two years have seen an extraordinary shift in public debates on this issue. Reports from the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) set out unequivocal evidence on the realities of human-induced global warming. Last year, a report…

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