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A groundbreaking book that transforms the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns

Bjorn Lomborg argues that many of the elaborate and expensive actions now being considered to stop global warming will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, are often based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and may very well have little impact on the world’s temperature for hundreds of years. Rather than starting with the most radical procedures, Lomborg argues that we should first focus our resources on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and assuring and maintaining a safe, fresh water supply - which can be addressed at a fraction of the cost and save millions of lives within our lifetime. He asks why the debate over climate change has stifled rational dialogue and killed meaningful dissent. 

Lomborg presents us with a second generation of thinking on global warming that believes panic is neither warranted nor a constructive place from which to deal with any of humanity’s problems, not just global warming. Cool It promises to be one of the most talked about and influential books of our time.

©2019 Bjørn Lomborg (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Good solid information

Worth a listen as there is plenty of good information regarding climate change. For example, in 1961 there were 5000 polar bears. Jump forward 40 years and their numbers are more like 25000.

The overall message seems to be that man made climate change is real, but the doomsday scenarios of the mainstream media are way off.

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good book

it's a scientific and economic narrative not heard in fear mongering media. realistic and informative. recommended!

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  • Terrence C. Watson
  • 26-09-19

2007 book

I just bought and started reading this book, so my ratings above are sure to change, most likely upward.
I am a bit of a fan of Mr. Lomborg, but I thought this would be a new book about a constantly evolving subject. I could find no publication date, but in the Amazon listing for the book, I discovered a publication date of 2007! That is at least 12 years ago, as I write this. I am very disappointed to realize that likely all the statistics used in this book are far out of date.
Maybe you can find the publication date for the book in the Audible listing. I could not.

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  • Kenyetta
  • 09-02-21

Faulty analysis

While the author has a valid premise, that carbon emission reduction is not a practical approach to mitigating climate change and its pressing socio-political issues, the author neglects many key concerns. First, the author uses the term, “global warming,” and points to cooling events. I do not recall him ever using the commonly accepted professional term, “climate change,” which is intended to encompass the general global warming trend, local cooling trends, precipitation changes and a wide variety of other factors. Other key matters omitted are that there are so many unknowns in climate science that experts cannot safely guess, let alone quantify, climate change’s long term impacts and that climate changing is causing more precipitation in some areas but less precipitation in others. Additionally, the author bolsters his positions by alleging a lack of scientific consensus on matters which were not as well understood in 2007 but are well understood now. For example: Antarctic ice changes, melting polar ice shelf, and strengthening tropical cyclones.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-12-20

apparently it's sooo simple.

the whole book could be shortened the the statement "just be richer or die, praise capitalism!"

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  • Ronnie
  • 17-06-20

The climate debate ‘Red Pill’

Information that is still relevant in 2020.
The cogent discussion of data presented opened my eyes to new possibilities.
A must read no matter where you find your current convictions on the topic.

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  • Stephen
  • 26-01-20

The practical approach to climate change.

An opening view of how we should be responding to climate change. The book is thoroughly researched covers all areas of the issue and how we can respond appropriately and effectively with the least amount of negative consequences.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 01-02-21

Changed my view about the climate warming agenda.

Before I listened to this audiobook I was misconcept about what the better way to Deal with climate change. This audiobook it's remarkable for anyone who feels anxious about the Future of human r.ace.

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  • Casson A Wilson IV
  • 20-04-20

Consider The Alternative

A thoughtful and balanced discussion regarding not only climate change, but the broader and more addressable issues facing the global population today. Open your mind to a new way of thinking.

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  • Turnthepage
  • 26-10-19

Essential reading to understand climate change

Written by an environmentalist who believes in man-made global warming this no nonsense book will enlighten all sides of the debate.