Climate Expert Says One Polar Bear A Year Saved

CMI, Bear Hunting Magazine
07/10/2008

Some feel that polar bears need to be saved. According to one expert, they better not think they are going to do it by making significant lifestyle changes in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

In May, the Interior Department listed the polar on its threatened species list because of the risks of shrinking sea ice. But Bjørn Lomborg, a Danish author and professor at the Copenhagen Business School, told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in June that the threat is exaggerated and would not go away even if every country in the world signed and followed the Kyoto Protocol.

Lomborg, author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, explained how inefficient and ineffective it would be to try to improve the polar bear population via massively curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

The polar bear has become the icon of global warming and certainly Al Gore was a part of doing that, Lomborg said. A lot of people think polar bears are threatened right now  actually thats not the case.

According to Lomborg, global polar bear population was about 5,000 in 1960. Since then, the population has quadrupled. Now there are an estimated 22,000 polar bears. But, Lomborg warned the polar bear still eventually could be threatened by the effects of global warming.

My point is simply: if we actually care about the polar bear, why is that we are so intent on only discussing one option  that is cutting carbon emissions? Lomborg said. Nobody ever talks about what would be the effect of cutting carbon emissions. Well, let me show you  if everybody did the Kyoto Protocol all the way through the century, which is very, very far away, but if everybody actually did that, wed save one polar bear every year.

Lomborg, who is an environmentalist, said he was all for saving that one polar bear a year, but questioned the costs. He estimated the worldwide annual cost of the Kyoto Protocol to be $180 billion. Kyoto is a treaty supported by Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.



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