Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

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...

29 Sep2016

Counterpoint: If solar and wind are competitive, why all the aid?

Published by Star Tribune

In “Solar and wind are viable, not just ‘feel-good’ climate solutions” (Sept. 27), Jim Davidson made a Counterpoint to my recent arguments about green energy (“Feel-good solutions won’t solve climate change,” Sept. 22). Davidson supports my championing of spending $100 billion a year on green energy R&D. He suggests that this is a new position. But I have in fact advocated it consistently for a decade, including in a front-page article in the British newspaper The Guardian in 2010...

23 Sep2016

Desenvolvimento sustentável fácil e óbvio

Published by O Notícias de Almeirim

Os Objectivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS) das Nações Unidas incluem nas suas metas o ensino básico para todas as crianças, empregos para todos os adultos e a erradicação da fome e da pobreza. Estas aspirações são nobres, mas os custos envolvidos são muito elevados. Teremos verdadeirame

21 Sep2016

El crimen de Greenpeace

Published by El Universo

¿Está cometiendo Greenpeace un crimen contra la humanidad? Una carta de 113 premios Nobel lo sugiere. En ella, los laureados instan al grupo ecologista a abandonar su campaña contra los alimentos genéticamente modificados, especialmente contra el conocido como "arroz dorado", que podría ayudar a evitar millones de muertes en países en vías de desarrollo. Al referirse a los alimentos producidos a partir de un Organismo Genéticamente Modificado (OGM) como frankenfood (comida Frankenstein), los activistas han conseguido un término brillante y ciertamente alarmista, que ha sido...

20 Sep2016

Desarrollo sustentable: fácil, obvio y sin lumbreras

Published by La Nacion

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas incluyen educación en la escuela primaria para todos los niños, puestos de trabajo para todos los adultos y el fin del hambre y la pobreza. Estas son aspiraciones nobles, pero muy caras. ¿Podemos realmente pagar los costos de todas? La Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) estimó que el cumplimiento de los 17 ODS, que comprenden 169 objetivos de desarrollo específicos, costaría entre $3,3 a $4,5 millones de millones de dólares anualmente, casi la misma suma que el...

19 Sep2016

Za drobiž

Published by Večer

Med glavnimi cilji Združenih narodov na podlagi Agende 2030 za trajnostni razvoj so osnovnošolska izobrazba za vse otroke, službe za vse odrasle in konec lakote ter revščine. To so plemenita prizadevanja, vendar izjemno draga. Ali si jih resnično lahko privoščimo? Organizacija za gospodarsko sodelovanje in razvoj (OECD) je ocenila, da bi sprejetje vseh 17 ciljev za trajnostni razvoj, ki vključujejo 169 posebnih razvojnih ciljev, stalo od 3,3 do 4,5 trilijona ameriških dolarjev letno - približno enako kot znaša zvezni proračun ZDA za leto 2016 in bistveno več od okoli 132 milijard ameriških...

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...

15 Sep2016

Простые подходы к устойчивому развитию

Published by Project Syndicate

Начальное школьное образование для всех детей, рабочие места для всех взрослых, победа над голодом и бедностью – вот некоторые из утверждённых ООН «Целей устойчивого развития» до 2030 года. Цели благородные, но очень дорогие. Можем ли мы реально всё это себе позволить? По оценкам ОЭСР, для достижения всех 17 целей устойчивого развития, включающих 169 конкретных задач, потребуется $3,3-4,5 триллионов ежегодно. Это почти равно федеральному бюджету США на 2016 год и намного больше, чем примерно $132 млрд, которые были потрачены в прошлом году на программы международного...