Bjørn Lomborg on Bangladesh
Published 10th November 2009 - 23 comments - 1067 views -
At the weekend here, Benno Hansen posted "A history of skepticism: Bjørn Lomborg". By using the pejorative adjective "denier" in his second sentence to describe his subject, Benno signalled that his was a sceptical take on the work of the Danish author and academic.
Yesterday (a coincidence, surely?), Bjørn Lomborg stuck back, as it were, with an article in the Wall Street Journal titled "Global Warming as Seen From Bangladesh". As always with Lomborg, the focus is on the reality of the world we live in and the plight of the vast majority of mankind with whom we share our planet. This snippet deserves serious consideration:
"Getting basic sanitation and safe drinking water to the three billion people around the world who do not have it now would cost nearly $4 billion a year. By contrast, cuts in global carbon emissions that aim to limit global temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius over the next century would cost $40 trillion a year by 2100. These cuts will do nothing to increase the number of people with access to clean drinking water and sanitation."
When global warming was explained to Momota Begum, who lives in abject poverty, she said: "When my kids haven't got enough to eat, I don't think global warming will be an issue I will be thinking about." Such is reality.
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