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Acid rain did not kill our forests our species are not dying out as many have claimed with half of them disappearing over the next 50 years - the figure is likely to be about 07 percent The problem of the ozone layer has been more or less been solved The current outlook on the development of global warming does not implicate a catastrophe - rather there is good reason to believe that our energy consumption will change towards renewable energy sources way before the end of the century Indeed the catastrophe seems rather in spending our resources unwisely on curbing present carbon emissions at high cost instead of helping the developing countries and increasing non-fossil fuel research And finally our chemical worries and fear of pesticides are misplaced and counter-productive First phasing out pesticides will probably waste resources and actually cause more cancer Secondly the main causes of cancer are not chemicals but our own lifestyles - Lomborg B 1998 The Skeptical Environmentalist Measuring the Real State of the World Cambridge University Press Cambridge Has Lomborg taken a reasonable stand on the issue of a global environmental crisis Bjorn Lomborg is a Danish statistician that claims to be an environmentalist He has recently written a book The Skeptical Environmentalist attacking environmentalism Lomborgs book had been methodically trashed by world leading scientists writing in the most prestigious journals Lomborgs intention for the book was to use statistical evidence to disprove what he calls the litany of the big four environmental fears - exhaustion of natural resources overpopulation extinction of species and worsening pollution The issues of climate change and energy are set to dominate global politics in the twenty first century Already we have seen unprecedented heatwaves which killed thousands of people in Europe and India and the invasion of Iraq fuelled at least in part by Americas desire to secure oil supplies What is the Problem Global warming is caused
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