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When Danish academic Bjorn Lomborg publishedThe Skeptical Environmentalist, a work of environmental economics in 2001, all hell broke loose.  He argued for a middle ground in global warming, saying doing too much for global warming is as bad as doing too little. ‘If we spend too much time and resources focusing on climate change, then we do the future a disservice because we say, “Hey, we fixed climate change but we let all the other things slide’, he says. Lomborg is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He is the organizer of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, which brings together some of the world’s top economists, including 5 Nobel laureates, to set priorities for the world. For nearly a decade Lomborg has been on the list of every international magazine’s ‘most influential people in the world’. Lomborg started out as an academic whose interests shifted to the use of statistics in the environmental arena. He edited Global Crises, Global Solutions. In 2007, he authored a book entitled Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming.

Lomborg says “Yes, global warming is real. It’s often massively exaggerated, which is why we need smarter solutions. If this is really a question about doing good in the world, then let’s do real good—and not just make ourselves feel good about what we do.”

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