Bjørn Lomborg, convener of the Copenhagen Consensus, has argued in the Wall Street Journal that “climate alarmism” results in bad policy, and ignores a wealth of encouraging data. For example, the latest study from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that in the previous 15 years temperatures had risen 0.09 degrees Fahrenheit. The average of all models expected 0.8 degrees, so we’re seeing about a 90% less temperature rise than expected.
We’re told that things are worse than ever, but Bjørn suggests the facts don’t support this. He believes that this is important, because “if we want to help the poor people who are most threatened by natural disasters, we have to recognize that it is less about cutting carbon emissions than it is about pulling them out of poverty.”
“In short,” Bjørn explains, “climate change is not worse than we thought. Some indicators are worse, but some are better. That doesn’t mean global warming is not a reality or not a problem. It definitely is. But the narrative that the world’s climate is changing from bad to worse is unhelpful alarmism, which prevents us from focusing on smart solutions.”
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