Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, explains that more polar bears can be saved and deaths reduced from malaria through targeted direct interventions rather than initiatives under the Kyoto Protocol.
Largely accepting the IPCC scenarios and costing, the Professor claims:
1. Kyoto would save one polar bear a year. Outlawing the hunting of polar bears could save up to 500 polar bears a year.
2. Kyoto would reduce the risk of malaria by 0.2 percent. Through an investment in mosquito nets and medication the incidence of malaria could be reduced by almost 50 percent within a decade.
Interesting Lomborg also estimates that by 2050 global warming will cause almost 400,000 more heat-related deaths each year. But 1,800,000 million fewer people will die from cold.
Read the complete article entitled ‘Chill Out: Stop fighting over global warming here’s the smart way to attack it’ published in the Washington Post on October 7, 2007 here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/05/AR2007100501676.html
And what about someone volunteering to review Bjorn Lomborg’s book ‘Cool it’?