The Great Debate UK
from Environment Forum:
Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist," used to argue that concern about climate change was overblown because there were better causes to spend money on such as curing AIDS or malaria.
The Danish political scientist now says in a book coming out later this month called "Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits," that global warming is one of the top challenges facing the world and we should spend money on trying to fix it - $100 billion a year.
But true to his contrarian nature, he thinks the way the world is fighting climate change is all wrong.
First, he thinks that global environment and climate negotiators are trying to put money into the wrong places. Many of them want $100 billion a year by 2020 to go to developing countries to pay for adapting to the worst effects of climate change, like flooding and droughts, and to help them move into alternative energies like solar power.