Bjorn Lomborg

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24 Oct2016

The Free-Trade Miracle

Published by Project Syndicate

Global free trade provides the greatest opportunity to improve human welfare over the next decade and a half. It has already helped lift more than a billion people out of poverty over the past quarter-century. Lowering trade barriers even more could double average incomes in the poorest parts of the world over the next 15 years. Yes, there are costs to free trade that must be better addressed; but the costs are vastly outweighed by the benefits. Yet, in rich countries today, the mood has turned against free trade. That is a tragedy.

15 Oct2016

Take those organic food claims with a grain of salt

Published by The Australian

With more than 17 million hectares devoted to growing certified organic produce — more than any other nation — Australia is a “green food” economic powerhouse. There’s big money being made in organic dairy, fruit, vegetables and processed foods. Australian organics exports more than doubled in value between 2012 and 2014, and the entire industry is worth more than $1.7 billion. On the surface, it seems like the whole planet gains from this enterprise: organic farming, we assume, is better for consumer health, animals and the planet. As with many assumptions, this...

14 Oct2016

About Those Non-Disappearing Pacific Islands

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Once a year or so, journalists from major news outlets travel to the Marshall Islands, a remote chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, to report in panicked tones that the island nation is vanishing because of climate change. Their dispatches are often filled with raw emotion and suggest that residents are fleeing atolls swiftly sinking into the sea. Yet new research shows that this is not the entire—or even an accurate—picture. Acknowledging this doesn’t mean that global warming isn’t real, or that world leaders and scientists shouldn’t...

11 Oct2016

Sustainable Development Goals – Are There too Many?

Published by BBC More or Less

It is now a year since the UN set its new Sustainable Development Goals to try to make the world a better place. They include 17 goals and a massive 169 targets on subjects like disease, education and governance. But some people like Bjorn Lomborg are saying that there are just too many and they are too broad, and left like that will never achieve anything. Is he right? Is there a better way to make the world better and stop some countries lagging behind?

7 Oct2016

Congratulations to President Juan Manuel Santos for winning the Nobel Peace Prize!

I had the privilege of meeting the President of Colombia to discuss priorities for the implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, last year. We had an excellent discussion about how to make the world a better place as well as achieving the most good for Colombia specifically. It is an honor that President Santos has repeatedly recommended the work of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, arguing that "Copenhagen Consensus is a foundation of great international prestige that sponsors many investigations into how to make the best investments to help humanity, protect the...

19 Sep2016

When it comes to climate change, let’s get our priorities straight

Published by The Washington Post

The next administration must recognize not only that climate change is a real problem but also that we are not on course to solve it. The next president needs the courage to discard our current feel-good but ineffective solutions. Ending our reliance on the fossil fuels that have powered two centuries of economic growth will require an energy revolution. Many policies focus on solving global warming by investing in solar and wind, but over the coming quarter-century, these technologies will contribute only marginally to the solution. Moreover, they are not competitive now and will be mostly...

16 Sep2016

Britain is now free to frack and slash energy bills

Published by The Telegraph

This week has seen debate rage about whether the Hinkley Point deal represents good value. But there is another vital element of energy policy that is not being discussed. For one of the key benefits of the vote to leave the European Union is that Britain will not longer have to cooperate with overzealous regulations on shale gas extraction, or fracking, which has the potential to transform the energy market. Of course, any kind of resource extraction needs regulation to prevent companies from despoiling the environment and leaving the public to pick up the tab. But the EU’s regulations...

15 Sep2016

No-Brainer Sustainable Development

Published by Project Syndicate

The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have among their objectives primary-school education for all children, jobs for all adults, and an end to hunger and poverty. These are noble aspirations – but very expensive. Can we really afford them all? The OECD has estimated that meeting all 17 SDGs, which comprise 169 specific development targets, would cost $3.3-4.5 trillion annually – about the same as the United States’ 2016 federal budget, and far more than the nearly $132 billion spent globally on overseas development aid last year. In fact, just providing...

14 Sep2016

Politiken’s ‘fakta’-check: Forkert, manipuleret og pinligt

Published by Bjorn Lomborg

Politikens journalist Lars Dahlager har sat sig for at fakta-chekke min økologi-kritiske klumme fra The Telegraph . Det ville være fint, hvis det ikke lige var fordi hans konklusion åbenbart var givet på forhånd. I stedet er det et sørgeligt hit-piece , der er pinligt forkert . I modstrid med god journalistisk skik har han end ikke bedt mig om at kommentere inden han publicerede. Det ville kunne have forhindret mange af hans fejl. Politiken har også afvist at lade mig kommentere deres online historie. Jeg har været i USA, og har først nu tid til at berigtige dette. Her kommer mine fem...

30 Aug2016

Facebook Live chat with Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times

Dr. Lomborg stopped by The New York Times to speak with Nicholas Kristof about the work of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and how to do the most good in the world. “You can spend your money and do a lot of good many different places but some places you will do just a little good and some places you will do a lot good. Let’s do those places first.” – Bjorn Lomborg...