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Research Reveals Negligible Impact of Paris Climate Promises

Paris commitments will reduce temperatures by just 0.05°C in 2100. A new peer-reviewed paper by Dr. Bjorn Lomborg published in the Global Policy journal measures the actual impact of all significant climate promises made ahead of the Paris climate summit.

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Trade-Offs for Global Do-Gooders

The Global Goals were a culmination of a four-year process for setting priorities to help the world’s most disadvantaged people—a process beset from the start by horse-trading, haggling and endless consultation. In a bid not to offend anyone, the new development agenda is expected to include an incredible 169 targets for investment. Giving priority to 169 things is the same as giving priority to nothing at all.

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On climate change, Pope Francis isn’t listening to the world’s poor

The global elite has little idea what afflicts the poor, says Pope Francis. He’s right — but that observation sometimes applies to him, too. In his US visit, the pope is already creating headlines about the urgent need to respond to climate change. Invoking the need to “protect the vulnerable in our world,” he calls for an end to humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels. This comes after his June declaration that global warming is one of the pre-eminent problems facing the poor. The elite, he said, are out of touch if they don’t realize this: “Many professionals, opinion makers, communications media and centers of power, being located in affluent urban areas, are far removed from the poor, with little direct contact with their problems.”

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Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals

The November/December 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs features a 9 page article by Bjorn Lomborg. The article entitled “Promises to Keep Crafting Better Development Goals”, highlights the work of the Post-2015 Consensus project and the valuable knowledge the project is injecting into the post-2015 debate.

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Lomborg on Gates Notes

Bjorn Lomborg is featured in two videos on Gates Notes. In the pieces, Lomborg addresses the issue of energy poverty and argues that the world's poor need better access to cheap fuels, including fossil fuels. Gates states that "...we should be investing dramatically more money in R&D to make fossil fuels cleaner and make clean energy cheaper than any fossil fuel."

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A new way to solve global problems

How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard from 1900 - 2050 is the new book edited by Bjorn Lomborg and featuring research from some of the world's top economists. The new volume compares ten global problems on a comparative scale, calculating GDP losses for issues such as air pollution, malnutrition, gender inequality, and more.

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Cool it

Cool It is a groundbreaking book that transforms the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns. Rather than starting with the most radical procedures, Lomborg argues that we should first focus our resources on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and assuring and maintaining a safe, fresh water supply-which can be addressed at a fraction of the cost and save millions of lives within our lifetime. He asks why the debate over climate change has stifled rational dialogue and killed meaningful dissent.

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20 Jul2016

Rethinking Energy-Efficiency Policies

Published by Project Syndicate

Improving energy efficiency is a fashionable policy that governments worldwide promote. On paper, it seems a no-brainer: improving energy efficiency is sold as cost-reducing, job-creating, and planet-saving. Win, win, win – and the media often help close the deal, focusing entirely on all the...

20 Jul2016

We must focus on the UN goals that are the best value for money

Published by The Guardian

Ten months ago, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to adopt 169 targets that will shape much of the $2.5tn expected to be spent on development assistance over the next 15 years, along with many trillions of dollars of national budgets. This week government ministers return to discuss the...

14 Jul2016

Greenpeace’s deadly war on science

Published by New York Post

Is Greenpeace committing a crime against humanity? A letter from 110 Nobel laureates suggests as much. It urges the environmental group to drop its campaign against genetically modified foods, particularly so-called “Golden Rice,” which could help prevent millions of deaths in the...

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About Bjorn

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to help the world. He is one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century according to Esquire magazine, and one of the 50 people who could save the planet according to the UK Guardian. Lomborg has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers

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Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals

The November/December 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs features a 9 page article by Bjorn Lomborg. The article entitled “Promises to Keep Crafting Better Development Goals”, highlights the work of the Post-2015 Consensus project and the valuable knowledge the project is injecting into the post-2015 debate. Click at the link below to read the entire article on Foreign Affairs.

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Lomborg presents to the Open Working Group at the UN

Bjorn Lomborg presented at the Sixth Session of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations on 13 December 2013. He addressed the need for smart targets in the setting of the Post-2015 development goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals. Watch the entire video at the link below. Dr. Lomborg's address begins at 20 minutes.

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Lomborg at Gates Notes

Bjorn Lomborg is featured in two videos on Gates Notes, the blog of Bill Gates. In these pieces, Lomborg addresses the issue of energy poverty and argues that the world's poor need better access to cheap fuels, including fossil fuels. Gates states that "...we should be investing dramatically more money in R&D to make fossil fuels cleaner and make clean energy cheaper than any fossil fuel." Find the videos and commentary from Bill Gates at the link below.

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