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This is one of the most valuable books on public policy not merely on environmental policy to have been written for the intelligent reader in the past ten years The Skeptical Environmentalist is a triumph The Economist a superbly documented and readable book Wall Street Journal The Skeptical Environmentalist should be read by every environmentalist, so that the appalling errors of fact the environmental movement has made in the past are not repeated A brilliant and powerful book Matt Ridley, author of Genome The Skeptical Environmentalist is perhaps the most important book about the environment since Rachel Carson s Silent Springawakened the world to the dangers of unrestrained economic growth Jason Cowley, New Statesman Bjorn Lomborg is an outstanding representative of the new breed of political scientists mathematically skilled and computer adept In this book he shows himself also to be a hard headed, empirically oriented analyst Surveying a vast amount of data and taking account of a wide range ofand less informed opinion about environmental threats facing the planet, he comes to a balanced assessment of which ones are real and which over hyped In vigorous informal style, he indicates what needs to be done to address the real environmental hazards and what needs not to be done about those turning out to be pseudo problems Jack Hirshleifer, University of California, Los Angeles A new book is about to overturn our most basic assumptions about the world s environment Far from going to hell in a handcart, it is improving by almost all measures Those things not getting better are getting worse at a slower rate Anthony Browne, Observer Lomborg s challenge will have to be met he has given an important challenge to the scientific establishment that is not only good for science, but damned necessary to it Fortean Times When Lomborg concludes that the loss of the world s rainforests, of fertile agricultural land, the ozone layer and of the climate balance are terrible I agree But we also need debate, and this book provides us with that in generous amounts If you, like I do, belong to the people who dare to think the world is making some progress, but always with mistakes to be corrected, this book makes important reading Lars Kristoferson, Secretary General, WWF Sweden Lomborg s book has drawn considerable attention Although it may cause problems for themilitant and political environmentalists, it should be welcomed by anyone genuinely concerned about the environment Lomborg s book sheds needed light on the real state of the world I recommend it to anyone interested in our global environment The Skeptical Environmentalist is the most valuable book available in many years on public policy in general, not only environmental policy in particular It should be required reading for all legislators, government bureaucrats and corporate executives who preside over the ever increasing array of environmental regulations and politics John P Bluemle, Geotimes Whatever your standpoint, The Skeptical Environmentalist will make indispensable reading Mail on SundayThe Skeptical Environmentalist challenges widely held beliefs that the environmental situation is getting worse and worse The author, himself a former member of Greenpeace, is critical of the way in which many environmental organisations make selective and misleading use of the scientific evidence Using the best available statistical information from internationally recognised research institutes, Bj rn Lomborg systematically examines a range of major environmental problems that feature prominently in headline news across the world His arguments are presented in non technical, accessible language and are carefully backed up by overfootnotes allowing readers to check sources for themselves Concluding that there arereasons for optimism than pessimism, Bj rn Lomborg stresses the need for clear headed prioritisation of resources to tackle real, not imagined problems The Skeptical Environmentalist offers readers a non partisan stocktaking exercise that serves as a useful corrective to thealarmist accounts favoured by campaign groups and the media