Environmental Optimists, Environmental Pessimists and the Real State of the World – An article examining The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World by Bjorn Lomborg

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This paper provides a detailed examination of Bjorn Lomborg's controversial and highly publicised book The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World. The book examines a wide range of environmental and social issues and concludes that many of these problems are not as bad as the media and environmental organisations claim. This paper concentrates on food and hunger, deforestation, air pollution and climate change and finds that Lomborg's analysis suffers from several problems, including selective use of data, over-simplification of issues, posing the wrong questions and lack of objectivity in his quest for optimistic trends. Ironically Lomborg makes the same errors as those he criticises.

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