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Change of heart
Earth on fire, environment
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Bjorn Lomborg, a.k.a. the “Skeptical Environmentalist”, Now Says Global Warming is a Chief Concern for the World

Wow, what a difference a decade makes. Those of us who have been following the science of climate change & global warming for the last ten years will recall a book that came out in 2001 titled "The Skeptical Environmentalist" — authored by an economist named Bjorn Lomborg. This book was widely perceived by many to have been the opening shot in what some call the modern "climate wars"; Lomborg was viewed as someone who looked at the growing scientific consensus on global warming and dismissed it. Because of this, for quite some time, Lomborg has been somewhat of a folk hero to global warming deniers...

Well, in a turnabout which rings of truth being stranger than fiction, Bjorn Lomborg is now changing his mind on the issue: he now states publicly, in a new book coming out later this month, that human-induced global warming is "undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today" and "a challenge humanity must confront". In fact, he is even proposing a multi-billion dollar international fund to tackle the problem directly!

I’m guessing that Lomborg will find himself universally astrocized: many on the GW-denying side will likely label him as "irrelevant" or a "traitor" or whatnot, whereas some of the more zealous folk on the other side will call him an "opportunist" or something similar.

And, for a man who I believe has finally – given the massive weight of the evidence – publicly admitted his error on this issue, I think a dismissal of his voice right now would be quite a loss.

Sounds like the Conversion of St. Paul, although I suppose it is too much to hope for quite such dramatic consequences.