A hundred billion a year is global chicken feed

Bjørn Lomborg may not be a climate denier, but during this past decade he has certainly been a pain in the arse in the public debate around anthropogenic climate change. Consider, for example, Lomborg’s consummate media tartery, together with his often absurd soundbite rhetoric, and cherry-picking of data to support an error-ridden “sceptical environmentalist” thesis that has resulted in books selling by the container load.

And now, to cap it all, the Copenhagen-based game theorist and business school professor is calling for $100bn a year to be invested globally in tackling what he describes as “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today”, and “a challenge humanity must confront”. Oh, and there’s another book on the way. The cheeky sod.

To give him due credit, however, Lomborg is quite correct when he says that anthropogenic global warming is not the end of the world. Actually, one should more accurately state that global warming most likely isn’t the end of the world. But then, as the BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin discovered to his cost, scientifically illiterate media types don’t do risk and uncertainty.

Back to Lomborg. The new proposal being floated with great media fanfare appears to be sound, and the amount of money involved is small when one considers the scope and seriousness of the problem, and compares the remedy with spending on natural disaster management and mitigation.