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The Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real State of the World is an informative yet controversial extensive yet imperfect book The author Bjorn Lomborg stresses that the state of the world as a whole and human life in general is getting better not worse and that the alarmist claims of some environmentalists are exaggerated Lomborg is an expert in statistics with a background in political science Thus he presents an extensive well-supported and up to date overview of the human and environmental state of the world including issues such as life expectancy infant mortality infectious disease rates food availability and dietary habits Lomburgs book seems to be geared towards thwarting fear of an environmental doomsday and paints a much brighter picture--that human prosperity is good and getting better Many environmentalists of course contend that human prosperity is occurring at the great expense of the environment in general however Lomborgs general assertion is that the effect of the populace on the world is declining not increasing even as humans increase eg due to better technology more efficient use of resources recycling research alternative materials environmental priorities etc In addition to human prosperity Lomburg discusses other issues such as air pollution acid rain indoor pollution allergies and asthma water pollution eg Exxon Valdez and other oil spills and waste issues Other areas of concern such as forest cover energy resources non-energy resources and water availability and quality are covered Furthermore future concerns are explored like cancer rates and causes pesticide usage and effects biodiversity extinction and global warming--its causes and consequences Along with each category the author gives a copious tables and graphs containing relevant information to support his claims Unfortunately much of the data used by the environmental industry does not measure that which it is claimed to measure asserts Lomburg For example the Global Warming Theory is based on the hypothesis that an increase use of carbon-based fuels will increase the greenhouse effect--the amount of
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