A Skeptical Look at 'The Skeptical Environmentalist

| December 17, 2001

A Skeptical Look at 'The Skeptical Environmentalist,' various authors, Grist Magazine
Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg's recent book The Skeptical Environmentalist caused a hue and cry in activist circles, and was embraced with open arms (and little skepticism itself), by major media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist magazine. The Washington Post hailed Lomborg's argument--essentially that environmentalists' claims on everything from extinction to climate change, population to pesticides to forests, are flat wrong--as a 'magnificent achievement.' Environmental Webzine Grist now takes an appropriately skeptical shot at Lomborg's book. In this impressive collection of essays, prominent environmental scientists E.O. Wilson, Lester Brown, and others debunk Lomborg's claims issue by issue. In one essay, Norman Myers, a professor at Oxford University, a member of the U.S. National Academy of the Sciences, and a recipient of several of the world's most prestigious environmental awards, examines Lomborg's views on biodiversity and concludes that he lacks even 'a preliminary understanding of the science in question.' Skeptical? Check it out for yourself.
--Leif Utne
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