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Bjorn Lomborg

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10 Oct2017

Carbon cuts are always a mixture of pain and gain

Published by Herald Sun

The concept of trade-offs has become unfashionable. Politicians around the world like to pretend that their choices will bring us nothing but superlative benefits. Nowhere is this whitewashing more pervasive or accepted than in climate change. There is a prevalent, comforting notion that we can have our cake and eat it too: that cutting carbon need not involve financial sacrifice.

4 Oct2017

Why American Overseas Aid Should Focus on SDGs?

Published by Inter Press Service

The average American believes the US spends a whopping third of its federal budget on foreign aid. Consequently, a majority of people think that too much is spent on foreign aid. That is one reason US President Donald J. Trump, who has campaigned on putting the needs of Americans first, has proposed deep cuts to foreign aid in his 2018 budget. The problem is, this common understanding is very wrong. US foreign aid in 2017 will cost $41.9 billion out of a total federal budget of $4.15 trillion or one percent. When informed of this, support for cutting aid halves, while support for increasing...

22 Sep2017

The Economist Caught Between Climate Deniers and Alarmists

Published by WNYC's The Takeaway

"Climate change has been a key issue at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Meetings at the U.N. about the topic have been taking place during a season of calamitous weather events, including a series of devastating hurricanes. While he believes that world leaders cannot ignore climate change, Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, says he is concerned that precious resources are too often squandered on ineffective solutions, and that aid money could be spent on better interventions that do the most social good."

22 Sep2017

Climate change is dangerous. That doesn't mean we have to spend money stupidly.

Published by USA Today

This is what global warming looks like, opinion pieces quickly declared in both Politico and CNN about devastating Hurricane Harvey. A week later, news media around the globe and politicians were saying the exact same thing about Hurricane Irma. Jumping the gun on linking disasters to climate change is dangerous. It points us toward policies that will have little to no effect at reducing future devastation. The science is clear but also nuanced: Climate change will worsen some extreme weather events, and it will improve others.

20 Sep2017

Haití: qué inversiones priorizar

Published by Listin Diario

Haití tiene necesidades profundas casi en todo: los problemas de salud incluyen las tasas más altas de mortalidad infantil, de menores de cinco años y materna en el hemisferio occidental; las carreteras están mal mantenidas; el acceso a la educación es bajo, especialmente para las niñas y los niños de las zonas rurales. El sistema judicial está tan quebrado que muchos esperan en prisión durante años sin juicio.

18 Sep2017

Empowering Girls

Published by Project Syndicate

In the lottery of life, being born female in a poor country places one at a double disadvantage. Women in poor countries have the highest global incidence of poverty of any demographic group, along with the worst health conditions, the least access to education, and the highest likelihood of being victims of violence. Gender inequality – through workplace exclusion and lower pay – costs the world a staggering 15.5% of GDP. Denying women opportunities to develop their potential means that societies forego their contribution. Yet the frustrating reality is that effective solutions to address...

14 Sep2017

O investimento no desenvolvimento que durará décadas

Published by Negócios

Mesmo com dezenas de investimentos atractivos por onde escolher, economistas laureados com o Nobel analisaram os dados e descobriram que as medidas para combater a desnutrição estão entre as opções mais poderosas. A desnutrição recebe menos atenção do que a maioria dos outros grandes desafios mundiais. Ainda assim, é uma área onde um investimento relativamente pequeno pode ter um impacto muito poderoso.

9 Sep2017

Ett större hot än uppvärmning

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Så här års är det svårt att undkomma hettan, och då talar vi bara om medierna. ”Klimatändringar gör dödliga värmeböljor vanligare”, förklarar CNN. ”Extrema värmeböljor kommer att förändra våra liv. Vi är oförberedda”, varnar Time. Somliga historier är mer sensationsdoftande än andra, men det finns ett gemensamt tema: farliga värmeböljor kommer att öka i antal och grymhet till följd av jordens uppvärmning.

8 Sep2017

Don’t link climate change to increasing costs of disasters

Published by Hindustan Times

While the world focuses on the devastating storms in South Asia and the US, it is timely to ask ourselves two broad, related questions. First, how do we prevent such disasters from being so devastating in the future? And second, how do we best help the vulnerable people who are most affected? When big weather events happen, often the first thing talked about is climate change. Perhaps it’s a matter of trying to pin blame for a natural disaster. “South Asia is also suffering the horrors of climate change” was one recent American headline. This claim has some justification, but ultimately...

7 Sep2017

The Climate-Change Distraction

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Climate change has been blamed for a dizzying array of absurd woes, from the dwindling number of customers at Bulgarian brothels to the death of the Loch Ness monster. Most of us can see through these silly headlines, but it’s far harder to parse the more serious claims when they’re repeated in good faith by well-meaning campaigners. Consider the recent assertion by Unicef’s Bangladesh head of mission that climate change leads to an increase in child marriages. Between 2011 and 2020 globally, more than 140 million girls under the age of 18 will become brides, leading to curtailed education...

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