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The Skeptical Environmentalist Environmentalist Measuring eBook #8608 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 The Skeptical eBook #9734 environmental organisations make selective and misleading use of the scientific evidence Usi The cover of The Skeptical Environmentalist looks promising a stunning sandstone canyon with lovely pine trees dotting an outcropping Above the title “a brilliant a powerful book” proclaims Matt Ridley author of Genome This would lead the casual reader to believe that Ridley is an impartial scientist These two elements are representative of the problems with this book Using a pristine setting and an expert uote reminiscent of the slight of hand a magician’s trick Lomborg lures the skeptic Ridley is anything but an impartial scientist he is a past editor of The Economist magazine and a staunch proponent of economic progress The packaging certainly had me convinced; the subtitle “Measuring the Real State of the World” promised a scientific refutation of doomsday predictions I selected this book because I did judge the book by its cover It is unfortunate that while this book claims to offer a scientifically based appraisal of environmental issues Lomborg uses not science but cajoling manipulation and whining to try and convince the audience of the veracity of his claim that “statistics is the only way that we can make a scientifically sound description of the world” page xx He argues that the state of the planet isn’t all that dire “children born today –in both the industrialized world and developing countries will live longer and be healthier they will get food a better education a higher standard of living leisure time and far possibilities without the global environment being destroyed And that is a beautiful world” page 352 which is in sharp contrast with many of the other books I read this uarter most specifically Derek Jensen’s Endgame Lomborg takes on many of the environmental spheres of concern including; life expectancy forests food and hunger global warming biodiversity and some of the myriad aspects of pollution In each case he finds a happy conclusionEven with my limited understanding of statistics I can find fault with many of his conclusions I find flaws with his logic After I finished his book I found that I was not alone in my distaste for this book Hundreds of others also find Professor Lomborg’s book to be riddled with flaws These flaws are so numerous that many readers including myself cataloged them When I reached than 100 flaws I categorized them Other readers did the same Many of the flaws are minor discrepancies but some of the flaws seemed designed to mislead the reader to a wrong conclusion This is one of my biggest complaints about this book As an example in the chapter about forests he claims that we are not loosing our forests and “since World War Two not much has changed” page 117 My own observation is that the forests of my youth including the Palomar mountains of Southern California and the forests of Northern Colorado is that the acreage might be the same but the first growth forests with rich variety of plant and animal life have been replaced in many areas with monoculture of one type of tree with no companion plants or animals As I walk acre upon acre of these tree farms on a mountain side I’m not fooled into thinking this is a forest In addition Lomborg argues that these tree farms better protect the real forest by decreasing pressure It’s so irksome that his arguments seem so very reasonable yet they reek of oversimplification and the language of denial Another significant criticism of this book is that I don’t accept the premise that science and scientific facts build a reasonable foundation of knowing what decisions policymakers and stakeholders should make Culturally we seem to have grown complacent in accepting that scientists have the uniue ability to accurately predict the future This process of creating a future model depends on many variables the most troubling of which is trying to reduce risk associated with uncertainty Lomborg arrogantly claims repeatedly that his models “ accurately” and “ plausible” page 286 for example represent any given problem and solution As he scientificates cultural and policy problems he picks and choices the information and the point of view for presentation and solution As a sample of his audacity on page 91 he writes “by and large all measurable indicators of human welfare show improvement” This statement has been flaws specifically the choice of language “by and large” and “measureable” He also spends a lot of energy discounting both oil and water shortages Proving to himself that we will not run out of either This is simply preposterousNot surprisingly the Union of Concerned Scientists a political action group completed a series of rebuttals to this book In summation they concluded that Lomborg’s book is “seriously flawed and fails to meet basic standards of credible scientific analysis” They specifically blast his assertions where he uncritically cites literature that does not meet the basic standard of having been peer reviewed The pervasive use of flawed data is in the words of the UCS “unexpected and disturbing in a statistician” review by Union of Concerned Scientists This very flawed books with its many significant factual and conceptual errors is nonetheless worth a read Read it to know the enemy the enemy of common sense right use of will and most important the false use of a scientific style of presentation to falsely placate the public Reading this book will incense anyone who cares about sustaining human life on earth Richard Fisher of the Skeptical Inuirer reviews this book of Concerned Scientists and Peter Gleick’s review

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The Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real State of the WorldBacked up by over footnotes allowing readers to check sources for themselves Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real PDFEPUB or Concluding that there are reasons for optimism than pessimism Bjørn Lomborg stresses the need for clear headed prioritisation of resources to tackle real not Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real PDFEPUB or imagined proble how did Cambridge University Press publish this book given the statistical methods and sources Lomborg uses to make his claims ACADEMIA'S CORRUPT let it be known that this author has zero expertise in climate change modelling and science and there is little to no merit to what he is saying I would recommend reading someone who has credible claims to make and credibility to make claims