Wednesday, November 24th 2010, 8:36 AM EST
Cross-posted from the Wonk Room
In a recent op-ed in Washington Post, Bjorn Lomborg argued that efforts to reduce global warming pollution can wait, because "coping with climate change is something we know how to do." To bolster that claim -- which goes against the consensus of practically every scientific body in the world -- Lomborg cited "the fact that the best research we have -- from the United Nations climate panel -- says that global sea levels are not likely to rise more than about 20 inches by 2100." Lomborg concluded that "fears of a supposedly imminent apocalypse threaten to swamp rational debate about climate policy"........
........Because Washington Post editorial editor Fred Hiatt did not bother to fact-check Lomborg's column, the Wonk Room took on the task. We chose to test the new Climate Science Rapid Response Team, a scientist-run initiative to link top climate scientists with the media officially launched today. After we submitted questions about Lomborg's claims to the team, we received comprehensive answers from three top climate scientists within 48 hours, even though we made our inquiries before the official launch.
In separate email interviews (the scientists also offered to conduct phone interviews), the Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology's Ken Caldeira, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Josh Willis, and Rutgers University's Alan Robock independently confirmed that Bjorn Lomborg had misrepresented the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report.
Caldeira, who believes "one meter (or three feet) per century from melting ice sheets is probably in the right ball park" for future sea level rise, explained what Lomborg left out when citing the "20 inches by 2100" figure:
Click source to read more!! Bjorn Lomborg seems to be between a rock and a hard place now that the Climate Rapid Response Team are on line. Oh dear oh dear!!!