Thoughtful and important piece from the foremost “Skeptical Environmentalist” and author of the book of the same name (also recommended), Bjorn Lomberg.
Last weekend in New York, I asked 24 U.N. ambassadors–from nations including China, India and the U.S.–to prioritize the best solutions for the world’s greatest challenges, in a project known as Copenhagen Consensus. They looked at what spending money to combat climate change and other major problems could achieve. They found that the world should prioritize the need for better health, nutrition, water, sanitation and education, long before we turn our attention to the costly mitigation of global warning.
We all want a better world. But we must not let ourselves be swept up in making a bad investment, simply because we have been scared by sensationalist headlines.