The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight About Global Warming

The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight About Global Warming

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Yale University Press
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The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight About Global Warming

In this major assessment of leading climate-change skeptic Bjørn Lomborg, Howard Friel meticulously deconstructs the Danish statistician’s claim that global warming is “no catastrophe” by exposing the systematic misrepresentations and partial accounting that are at the core of climate skepticism. His detailed analysis serves not only as a guide to reading the global warming skeptics, but also as a model for assessing the state of climate science. With attention to the complexities of climate-related phenomena across a range of areas—from Arctic sea ice to the Antarctic ice sheet—The Lomborg Deception also offers readers an enlightening review of some of today’s most urgent climate concerns.

Friel’s book is the first to respond directly to Lomborg’s controversial research as published in The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001) and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming (2007). His close reading of Lomborg’s textual claims and supporting footnotes reveals a lengthy list of findings that will rock climate skeptics and their allies in the government and news media, demonstrating that the published peer-reviewed climate science, as assessed mainly by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has had it mostly right—even if somewhat conservatively right—all along. Friel’s able defense of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth against Lomborg’s repeated attacks is by itself worth an attentive reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300161038
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Thomas E. Lovejoy vii

Author's Note xi

Part 1 Lomborg's Modus Operandi

1 2001: A Theorem's Odyssey 3

2 On Polar Bears 24

3 On Lomborg's Endnotes 46

Part 2 Lomborg's Theorem

4 Global Warming Is "No Catastrophe" 69

5 On Melting Glaciers and Rising Sea Levels 90

6 On Greenland and the Missing Figures 117

7 The Penguins Sidebar 127

8 On Antarctica and the Larsen-B Ice Shelf 133

9 On Hurricanes and Extreme Weather Events 148

10 Malaria in Vermont 160

11 On Malnutrition 168

12 On Water Shortages 177

Part 3 Journalism as Usual

13 Lomborg's Triple-A Rating 183

14 How Wrong Was Lomborg? 192

Notes 207

Index 251

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