Earth & Science

Does ‘Cool It’ Also Apply to Lomborg?

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Bjørn Lomborg’s new film, Cool It, arrives in due time to receive attention before COP 16 in Cancun. It is neither too late nor too early, and chances are that it will still be on people’s tongues as the 16th climate summit kicks off in late November. But the question is if that is a good thing?

Following the complete collapse of COP 15 in Copenhagen in December, many doubt that the summit in Mexico will do better. This include United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon. But does this mean, as Lomborg says in his film (trailer below) and elsewhere, that we should stop talking about emissions and start talking about investments?

I would love to hear opinions about this. I am confused. Clearly we have not managed to curb emissions yet, but is it time to give up and focus exclusively on adaption and green tech? Or is there a middle way?

Check out the trailer below.

Written by Earth & Science

November 17, 2010 at 3:56 am

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  1. Before considering a middle way, look at Bjorn Lomborg’s way. See Kare Fog’s Lomborg-errors website.

    http://www.lomborg-errors.dk/

    Same Ordinary Fool

    November 18, 2010 at 12:21 am

    • Some Ordinary Fool: Thanks for you comment. I have not had time to peruse your link yet, but I did look at the section relating to polar bears (what is it about these creatures that makes everything always be about them?) I recently spoke to researcher at the Norwegian Polar Institute who estimated the Svalbard area, the Barents Sea, to have a population of polar bears between 1900 and 3600. The population there, he said, has actually increased since Norway did away with hunting in the 1970s — also despite environmental toxins. If climate models are correct, it will lose a severe amount of its habitat in the future.

      Earth & Science

      November 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

  2. Following is a direct link to Kare Fog’s Lomborg-errors website’s analysis of the Polar Bear chapter (#1) in the ‘Cool it!’ book.

    http://www.lomborg-errors.dk/coolitAchap1.htm

    A quick scan down the litany of flaws and errors will give you a taste of the ‘scholarship’ behind his book, and movie.
    The polar bear hunting argument is not only irrelevant, it’s a golden oldie. It is not much used any more by other skeptics.

    I wonder about the subpopulations at the other end of the Arctic. With all the summertime retreat, and the rotation, of the sea ice: how do the polar bears get home…to their original subpopulation?

    Same Ordinary Fool

    November 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm


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