Lomborg: Just Kidding. We Do Need Climate Action Now

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Notoriously publicity shy Bjørn Lomborg, the Danish climate skeptic known for saying outrageous things about climate change, has seemingly changed his tune. Yesterday, the UK's Guardian reported that Lomborg makes a new claim in his upcoming book: we should confront climate change now and invest huge sums for technology development and deployment. Lomborg has famously decried efforts to stop climate change in the past, saying that the problem has been exaggerated by enviros and that we should concentrate on other problems like malaria and poverty.

Now the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming says that about $100 billion should be invested every year until the end of the century to avoid catastrophic climate change. Lomborg says he hasn't changed his tune; instead he's decided that since money is going to spent, he wants to make sure it's spent properly.

Writes the Guardian:

In a Guardian interview, he said he would finance investment through a tax on carbon emissions that would also raise $50bn to mitigate the effect of climate change, for example by building better sea defences, and $100bn for global healthcare.

His declaration about the importance of action on climate change comes at a crucial point in the debate, with international efforts to agree a global deal on emissions stalled amid a resurgence in scepticism caused by rows over the reliability of the scientific evidence for global warming.

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