It's time to slow the fear on climate change, says Lomborg

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How we tackle climate change is a conversation heavily debated across the globe.

Bjorn Lomberg, author and president of Copenhagen Consensus Center, spoke at the Alberta Beef Industry Conference last month, held at Banff, Alberta, to discuss what he thinks is some of the best ways to mitigate climate change — and how some of the decision makers in the world may be looking at it wrong.

“The very best way to tackle global warming is to invest in a lot more in research and development into green energy,” he explains in the interview, below. Alongside this, he says, we need to “de-scare” people, by focusing on the data — through global satellite coverage, and looking at the declines in some of the numbers we don’t hear about as often. “This does not mean global warming is not a problem, but it means we can stop scaring our kids witless.”

One of the examples he gives, is climate related disasters from a century ago. He says 100 years ago, about half a million people died each year on the planet from climate-related disasters. Last year, it was down to 11,000 people — which is a significant drop.

“At the same time, we’ve quadrupled the number of people on the planet. So actually, it’s much more than 99 per cent reduction,” he explains. “Over the last 100 years, life has become incredibly more safe when it comes to climate related disasters.

“Again — this does not mean global warming is not real. If we had no global warming, it would probably have declined even sharper.”

Check out the full conversation, below:

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