Economist Bjorn Lomborg takes the Nobel Committee to task today for awarding the Peace Prize to Gore, who he accuses of fearmongering. However, Lomborg applauds the choice of the IPCC, writing that they deserve the award “for their meticulous research where facts rule over everything else.”
He’s too diplomatic. As today’s news coverage of the award makes clear, the IPCC is dressing up its findings in scary Halloween costumes as well.
Lomborg (Oct. 12): “Gore told the world in his Academy Award-winning movie (recently labeled “one-sided” and containing “scientific errors” by a British judge) to expect 20-foot sea-level rises over this century. But his Nobel co-winners, the IPCC, conclude that sea levels will rise between only a half-foot and two feet during this century, with their best expectation being about one foot — similar to what the world experienced over the past 150 years.
IPCC (from Oct. 12 AP story): “The panel forecast this year that all regions of the world will be affected by climate warming and that a third of the Earth’s species will vanish if global temperatures continue to rise until they are 3.6 degrees above the average temperature in the 1980s and ’90s. ‘Decisive action in the next decade can still avoid some of the most catastrophic scenarios the IPCC has forecast,’ said Yvo de Boer, the U.N.’s top climate official.”