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Solving Unproductivity

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We all want to save the world, but we are remarkably ineffective at it. We leave the car at home once a week, replace a few light bulbs and complain to our friends that the government should do something about AIDS. Perhaps we even donate a bit to charities.

The problem is that it just doesn’t add up. It feels good, but it often turns out there are far more effective things you could do. But how do you decide what the best way is to spend your precious time and money?

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X-Prize for carbon removal?

Last year, Richard Branson offered $25 million to the person who comes up with the best way of removing one billion tonnes of carbon per year from the atmosphere.

I say, let’s be a bit more ambitious and offer $10 billion to the person who actually removes about 300 billion tons before 2013. In other words, whoever restores CO2 to preindustrial levels before Kyoto ends, wins.

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Lomborg vs. Lomborg-errors & Co. (Part 3/3)

What’s with the precautionary principle?

Lomborg discusses the Precautionary Principle in his book, but none of his critics seem to refer to this discussion. They seem to ignore it, because they do exactly what he warns about.

Lomborg essentially argues that the Precautionary Principle is being abused by scientist to attract unjustified large amounts of resources.

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Lomborg vs. Lomborg-errors & Co. (Part 2/3)

Debunking Cool It Critique

My short answer to the critique on Cool It is that it is mostly right about the details, but completely wrong about the big picture. The most comprehensive resource of critique on the book can be found on http://www.lomborg-errors.dk/. Kåre Fog and others have spent many years creating an inventory of every mistake – big and small – that Lomborg has made over the last decade.

The idea behind the site is the following:

For every piece of information in the books, you have to check if it is true and if the presentation is balanced. If the concrete information given by Lomborg is correct and balanced, then it follows that his main conclusions are also correct. But if the information is flawed, then the main conclusions are biased or wrong.

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Lomborg vs. Lomborg-errors & Co. (Part 1/3)

After I discussed Lomborg’s latest book about climate change in my previous post, it came to my attention that there is a website dedicated to its flaws at http://www.lomborg-errors.dk/ . Initially I was very concerned because it indeed shows some very serious issues about the book and Lomborg’s methods in general.

Upon closer inspection however, it turns out that the critique completely misses the point. The same goes for Ackermans paperHot, It’s Not – Reflections on Cool It!, by Bjorn Lomborg‘ and the other critics that I’ve been able to find so far.

What they are not seeing, is that Lomborg is proposing a paradigm shift. Or at the very least, they don’t understand the paradigm shift. I demonstrate this later on, but let me first explain this new paradigm. Please pay attention, as paradigm shifts tend to be hard to get if you are not used to them.

TOC:

      1. A new paradigm for looking at climate change? (part 1)
      2. Introduction to the new paradigm
      3. How to properly use this paradigm in your critique of Lomborg
      4. Debunking Cool It Critique (part 2)
      5. My personal take home messages from Cool It
      6. How bad are Lomborg’s Errors?
        1. Polar bears
        2. Heat and Cold deaths
        3. Melting glaciers
        4. Sea level rise
        5. Hurricanes and extremes
        6. Malaria
        7. Final score Lomborg versus Fog
      7. What’s with the precautionary principle? (part 3)
      8. What about Ackermans paper?
      9. The organizational perspective
      10. Conclusions
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      Earth Hour – On the bright side

      Those following me on Twitter may have noticed that I am a little bit skeptic about Earth Hour – an initiative that asks everyone to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about global warming.

      It is a great thing when the whole world joins together for one hour to think about something important. I love that about Earth Hour. But why just climate change? There are so many other problems in the world.

      Imagine having the worlds attention for one hour – something nobody has ever achieved – what would you say? What would you want 6.7 billion people to think about?

      So here is my challenge for anyone who cares about the world, has a camera and some free time:

      Send me a one hour video with your top 10 best ways to help the world!

      Rules

      There are just a few simple rules:

      1. A top 10 of of best ways to help the world
      2. 60 minutes
      3. Explain the problem
      4. Explain how it can be solved on a global scale
      5. Provide a simple first step for individuals to contribute or learn more
      6. No lies: be prepared for some serious fact-checking by the community
      7. No divine intervention: it’s just us this time