Monday, February 2, 2015

Climate scientist says alarmism and cultural guilt in global warming development is not appropriate; economic development still the best option for poorer countries


Climate scientist Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, has an important piece I the Wall Street Journal Monday, February 2, 2015, p. A13, “The Alarming thing about climate alarmism”, link here. Lomborg argues that the rate of increase in sea levels and temperatures is actually declining (that’s the derivative of the function, so to speak), and that actual losses from weather events are decreasing, despite the sensational headlines.
  
It is true that poor people often live in coastal areas, but the main answer for them is better economic development (starting with political stability, most of all in religiously affected countries).  “Climate change is not worse than we thought.” Of course, the trick is to have economic development in poorer countries without their adding to emissions the way we did.  China (except when it uses hydroelectric power perhaos) is not encouraging.  
  
The typhoon that hit the Philippines late in 2013 might well have disrupted the production of my own book, since the facilities were there;  but they were about 50 miles inland and south of the zone of direct hit, and not that much affected.  

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