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

Written by:
Bjorn Lomborg
Narrated by:
Jim Seybert

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2020
8 hours 18 minutes
The New York Times-bestselling 'skeptical environmentalist' argues that panic over climate change is causing more harm than good
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 better, if slightly warmer, place for us all.
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Andrew Gonzales

Great book. I wish he used a different metric besides GDP, but I think he accomplished his goal.

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Andrew L.

An incredibly thorough, and interesting assessment of climate change policy. One of the better nonfiction books in recent years.

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The information is interesting. However, the book in centered on economics, all is reduced to GDP. But, life is more than GDP and economic prosperity. A little more discussion on the actual expected damage to the ecosystems would be helpful. The reliability of the models is a big question mark, and that should impact many of the conclusions of the book. Moreover, some of them seem to be quite weak in my opinion. For example, it evaluates the benefits of contraception funding by estimating the reduction in the number of baby deaths. Obviously if babies are not born, they cannot die. On the other hand, he does not evaluate the negative effects of fewer births in innovation. Less brains, less ideas, and less innovation. That is just one example that makes me think purely economic models have many weaknesses.

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