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Looking for the Good Side of Global Warming? Well, It's Warmer

Inuit children play on the swings in the village of Ilimanaq, Greenland
Inuit children play on the swings in the village of Ilimanaq, GreenlandPhotograph by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Global warming has been a huge net plus for the world since 1900, according to a new report from the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and it will continue to be a positive force through 2050. Climate change, the report argues, is making agriculture more productive, reducing heating costs, and cutting down on the number of people who freeze to death.

Before getting too excited about unexpected news, however, consider the source. The report was headed by Bjørn Lomborg, an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School who has made a career of disputing the conclusions of the scientific mainstream on climate change.