In this major assessment of leading climate-change skeptic Bjorn Lomborg, Howard Friel meticulously deconstructs the Danish statistician's claim that global warming is 'no catastrophe' by exposing the systematic misrepresentations and partial accounting that are at the core of climate skepticism.
His detailed analysis serves not only as a guide to reading the global warming skeptics, but also as a model for assessing the state of climate science. With attention to the complexities of climate-related phenomena across a range of areas, this book also offers readers an enlightening pole-to-pole review of some of today's most urgent climate concerns.
"Howard Friel's The Lomborg Deception presents a troubling history of how a cleverly contrived claim that hundreds of scientists and dozens of scientific institutions have gotten climate and environmental science badly wrong over several decades is way off base – unlike the well established conclusions hammered out over decades in peer reviewed assessments. Bjorn Lomborg's claims that environmental scientists mislead society into wasting money on non-problems is based on hundreds of out of context citations, dozens of straw men, selective inattention to inconvenient science, and the illusion of careful scholarship – Friel documents this deception brilliantly. The Lomborg Deception should serve as a sober warning to beware of the myth busters and truth tellers like Lomborg, who most likely are the ones misrepresenting complex environmental science problems – and, of course, profiting from the naive acceptance of seemingly careful claims that many wed to status quo policies so welcome."
- Stephen H. Schneider, Stanford University
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Howard Friel is an independent scholar and author. His previous books, The Record of the Paper and Israel-Palestine on Record, both of which were co-authored by Richard Falk, focus on foreign policy, international law, and media criticism.