False Alarm

How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet

Hardcover, 320 pages

English language

Published July 13, 2020 by Basic Books.


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1 star (1 review)

Hurricanes batter our coasts. Wildfires rage across the American West. Glaciers collapse in the Artic. Politicians, activists, and the media espouse a common message: climate change is destroying the planet, and we must take drastic action immediately to stop it. Children panic about their future, and adults wonder if it is even ethical to bring new life into the world. Enough, argues bestselling author Bjorn Lomborg. Climate change is real, but it's not the apocalyptic threat that we've been told it is. Projections of Earth's imminent demise are based on bad science and even worse economics. In panic, world leaders have committed to wildly expensive but largely ineffective policies that hamper growth and crowd out more pressing investments in human capital, from immunization to education.

False Alarm will convince you that everything you think about climate change is wrong -- and points the way toward making the world a vastly …

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The author has already been criticized in the past for his view on climate change which he published in The Skeptical Environmentalist. This book claims to be heavily sourced and represent the actual scientific consensus, which the author claims is not accurately represented by the media. The main claim of the book is that people will adapt to climate change and that it will be cheaper than reducing carbon emissions. However, its sources seems to be cherry-picked, and the general conclusion seems to be inconsistent with the IPCC reports from 2014, which I trust to represent the scientific consensus much more than some non peer-reviewed book. The book uses as example studies making the hypotheses of no adaption being used as face-value by the media, but it is not representative of all of the media's dealings with climate change. For example most risk estimations in the IPCC reports show both …


  • Science
  • Environment
  • Climate Change