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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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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 I am very disappointed to realize that likely all the statistics used in this book are far out of date.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A very valance practical global warming book

This author does a fantastic job of maintaining a well-balanced, scientific approach to global warming. Global warming is happening and we are contributing to it. But the fear and political pandering gets in the way of solutions. I love his ideas about how to solve global warming without having to cripple economies in the process. In fact he points out endlessly that cutting carbon emissions to drastic levels still doesn’t solve the problem anyhow. The concepts presented regarding tackling humanities more pressing concerns is also welcome. The research and development section regarding new climate technologies is very refreshing.

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Not something you'll see or hear anywhere else it

Nice fast pace, level headed and rational approach that no one ever talks about.

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This book is outdated and garbage

Wow this author must be paid by the fossil fuel companies. He states that yes global warming is a problem but then says overall it’s good because our world will be less cold and when the temperature rises everywhere then all we have to do is make sure to have air conditioning and turn it up. What kind of asinine thinking is that? Imagine if everyone uses AC then there will be a overload on the grid causing rolling blackouts and the dependence for more energy consumption which is still mostly fueled by burning continuing the vicious cycle of dependency on fossil fuels.

The only thing I agree with the author is we should a more pragmatic approach to climate change. However the author has either terrible opinions, false statements or ignorant views.

He offers to real solutions to the climate change problem except that we should use our seat belts and lower the speed limits, WTF?! I can go on and on about this trash but the author doesn’t offer any solutions dealing directly with climate change. This book was included in my audible membership so I didn’t lose any money but I lost 4 hours of my life. I wanted to hear an unbiased view opposite of climate change but instead heard a shill of big oil spouting that fossil fuels is the lesser of the evils. SMH

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  • 03-30-21

Could have been half as long.

Lots of good points but just repeated too much. Didn't make obvious challenges, like testing climate models by inputting data from 20 years ago to see how that matches with today's observations.

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  • ralph gilsenan
  • 03-22-21

confirmed my suspicions

This is a great introduction to Lomborg's work. I wish I started with this one. I have had a passionate interest in climate change since my early teens, and I have had many suspicions about the movement over the years. This is a succinct overview of Lomborg's possition. Somewhat different from my own, and a little dated now, but more relevant than most work on this subject whilst being accessable to the layman.

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  • Allan
  • 08-20-20

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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  • Pavel Urubcik
  • 05-17-20

good book

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

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  • N E Body
  • 10-14-21

essential knowledge

we need to end climate change hysteria and adopt a cool level headed rational approach. why are no major broadcasting corporations featuring this approach?

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  • David
  • 08-27-21

Eye opening

A great read to make you consider alternatives to accepted global warming solutions and what else we can consider

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  • James H
  • 04-30-21

The voice of reason

Fascinating book. Unfortunately no one is listening to reason or even having the debate. We are constantly inundated with doomsday apocalyptic predictions & the purveyors of the climate crisis are not interested in listening to the likes of Bjorn.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-20

Good approach albeit a bit dated and repetitive

Makes the general argument that climate change hysteria is problematic because it somewhat vindicates climate change deniers, prevents rational dialogue on cost/benefit analyses and distracts away from non-climate issues.

It proposes some alternative approaches.

The specific data and issues discussed are slightly dated, but these may help as historical references to put current discussions into context.

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  • Hank
  • 12-21-19

A bit repetitious

Great angles presented on the book from the author about a more pragmatic look at climate change and what humankind should really be focussing on ... namely starvation, malaria, abortion, water, shelter etc ... rather than trillions spent on a climate agenda that'll deliver very little bang for it's buck. Tool me a long time to get through this because I'd read heaps of books on climate change and the narrator was a bit over the top. Otherwise a useful book to read. Would have been good to see his references to his sources but you'd probably have to buy the kindle or hardcopy for that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Take away climate fear

A must read for anyone interested in clinate change. puts the issues in perspective and gives realistic aolutions. brulliant

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  • Howard
  • 11-22-19

Making sense of senseless rhetoric.

This book makes good common sense. Please. Let's tackle climate change without committing economic suicide!!