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5-minute Lowy Lunch: Going green


Sam Roggeveen


10 March 2011 10:55

On Tuesday the Lowy Institute hosted a joint presentation by the 'sceptical environmentalist' Bjørn Lomborg and Canadian architect Michael Green, which you can listen to here.

There's also a short interview below, in which I try to push back gently against Lomborg's characterisation of the climate change problem. My reservations about his approach were informed by Professor John Quiggin, who has argued that Lomborg pays insufficient attention to the ecological impact of climate change.

Incidentally, the image above is of the Thorncrown Chapel in rural Arkansas, US. Michael Green's presentation was all about reviving the use of timber for high density structures such as skyscrapers, as a response to both environmental problems and urbanisation. Thorncrown Chapel doesn't really fit into that category and it is not one of Michael Green's designs. But it is a timber building, it was built sustainably, and it is awesomely beautiful. I just needed an excuse to post a picture of it.