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Daniel Kammen


Professor of Energy and Society, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley; Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.

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THE SKEPTICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST: Measuring the State of the Environment

with Daniel Kammen, Bjorn Lomborgvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Global warming, population, deforestation, mass extinctions—according to environmental groups and environmental scientists, the earth is in ever more dire straits. Should we heed these warnings and take steps to mitigate our impact on the global ecosystem? Danish statistician Bjørn Lomborg has come forward to say, not so fast. He claims the environmental state of the world is actually improving, not getting worse. His claims have generated a firestorm of condemnation in the scientific community. Why? And how can we in the general public separate ideology from fact in this debate?