Measuring the Real State of the World. A controversial, wide ranging and clearly documented survey of the state of the global environment. A former member of Greenpeace challenges widely held beliefs that the world environmental situation is getting worse and worse. Using the best available statistical information from internationally recognized research institutes, BjÃ¸rn Lomborg systematically examines a range of major environmental problems that feature prominently in headline news across the world, and documents that the world has actually improved.
Concluding that there are more reasons for optimism than pessimism, he stresses the need for clear-headed prioritization of resources to tackle real, not imagined problems. The Skeptical Environmentalist offers readers a non-partisan stocktaking exercise that serves as a useful corrective to the more alarmist accounts favored by campaign groups and the media.
"...it is a surprise to meet someone who calls himself an environmentalist but who asserts that things are getting better....Strange to say, the author of this happy thesis is not a steely-eyed economist at a conservative Washington think tank but a vegetarian, backpack-toting academic who was a member of Greenpeace for four years.... The primary target of the book, a substantial work of analysis with almost 3,000 footnotes, are statements made by environmental organizations like the Worldwatch Institute, the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace. He refers to the persistently gloomy fate from these groups as the Litany, a collection of statements that he argues are exaggerations or outright myths." --Science of the Times/New York Times.
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