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How to deal with a Global Warming skeptic in a cooling world December 16, 2008

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How to deal with a Global Warming skeptic in a cooling world

By the blogowner, honestclimate, December 16, 2008

The world is no warmer today than it was in 1998, we can’t have people thinking that global warming has stopped. Below is an easy to understand flow diagram on how to deal with global warming skeptics in a cooling world…

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Also don’t forget the below flow diagram on:
How to become a climate scientist

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Take the greenhouse gasbags with a grain of salt October 14, 2008

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Take the greenhouse gasbags with a grain of salt

Bjorn Lomberg

Bjorn Lomberg

By Bjorn Lomborg

From The Australian, October 15, 2008

HAVE you noticed how environmental campaigners almost inevitably say that not only is global warming happening and bad, but also that what we are seeing is even worse than expected?

This is odd, because any reasonable understanding of how science proceeds would expect that, as we refine our knowledge, we find that things are sometimes worse and sometimes better than we expected, and that the most likely distribution would be about 50-50. Environmental campaigners, however, almost invariably see it as 100-0.

If we are regularly being surprised in just one direction, if our models get blindsided by an ever-worsening reality, that does not bode well for our scientific approach.

Indeed, one can argue that if the models constantly get something wrong, it is probably because the models are wrong. And if we cannot trust our models, we cannot know what policy action to take if we want to make a difference.

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The Rational Environmentalist October 8, 2008

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The Rational Environmentalist

Bjorn Lomberg

Bjorn Lomberg

By Ronald Bailey

From Hawaii Reporter, October 6, 2008

Bjorn Lomborg on the priorities that should come before global warming

Where in the world can we do the most good? That is the basic question addressed by the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think tank founded six years ago by the Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg. To answer the question, the center periodically convenes panels of leading economists, who weigh and prioritize the solutions experts have proposed to the world’s biggest problems.Lomborg, a boyish 43-year-old, first burst onto the intellectual scene in 2001 with his best-selling book The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World. There the former Greenpeace member argued persuasively that most of the planetary doom scenarios imagined by ideological environmentalists were contradicted by the available ecological and economic data. The book provoked a furious green backlash, the low point of which was a 2003 ruling by the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty that “the publication of the work under consideration is deemed to fall within the concept of scientific dishonesty.” Lomborg was vindicated later that year when the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation overturned the ruling, calling it “completely void of argumentation.”

Lomborg’s international reputation had already taken off by then, the odd activist cream pie to the face notwithstanding. In 2001 the World Economic Forum nominated him as one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow; in 2004 Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people; in 2005 Foreign Policy ranked him as the world’s 14th most influential intellectual; and this year The Guardian dubbed him one of “50 people who could save the planet.”

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