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27 Feb2017

Making the SDGs smarter

Published by The Daily Star

Over the next 15 years, the Sustainable Development Goals will influence more than USD 2.5 trillion of money in development aid and trillions more meant to help reduce poverty, hunger and disease, and improve education and the environment. Bangladesh, along with all other nations, now has to decide where to spend scarce resources to do the most good. And clearly not all of the many, many UN targets are equally good, smart or effective. Since its inception, the UN has had a lot of well-meaning targets, goals and declarations that have made very little impact. At the turn of this century,...

19 Feb2017

Trump y la tragedia de eliminar el TPP, por Bjørn Lomborg

Published by El Comercio

El presidente Trump ha eliminado de un plumazo una de las medidas más importantes para la reducción de la pobreza que habría sido promulgada en esta década. Las negociaciones en torno al Acuerdo Transpacífico de Cooperación Económica (TPP, por sus siglas en inglés) se prolongaron por un lustro y fue suscrito por países que representan el 40% de la economía mundial. Si bien el acuerdo estaba ya en punto muerto, debido a la falta de apoyo del Congreso, la orden ejecutiva del presidente Trump retirando la participación de EE.UU. envía una señal muy clara sobre su visión en torno a la política en...

15 Feb2017

Inégalités : le tableau n'est pas si noir

Published by La tribune

La vision des inégalités diffusée par Oxfam est caricaturale. En fait, les inégalités diminuent. par Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhaguen Consensus Center Aujourd'hui, on observe une impression générale - et fausse - que l'inégalité gagne inexorablement du terrain dans le monde. Oxfam a récemment contribué à jeter la confusion dans l'esprit déclarant que la richesse des huit personnes les plus fortunées du monde équivaut à celle de la moitié de la population mondiale.

14 Feb2017

Learning from Bill Gates

Published by Project Syndicate

Everyone – from elected officials and bureaucrats to voters and taxpayers – can learn from the world’s largest charitable foundation about effective development spending. And these lessons are particularly relevant at a time when 56% of Europeans believe their governments should focus solely on domestic issues and let recipient countries deal with problems as best they can (opposition to aid is even higher in France, Poland, Italy, Hungary, and Greece). The United Kingdom’s largest-circulation Sunday newspaper recently launched a petition calling for an end to ring-...

10 Feb2017

Maailmasta on tullut aiempaa tasa-arvoisempi

Published by Helsingin Sanomat

NYKYISIN on vallalla virheellinen käsitys, jonka mukaan eriarvoisuus lisääntyy vääjäämättä. Kansalaisjärjestö Oxfam ruokki tätä väärinkäsitystä tammikuussa julkistetussa raportissaan väittämällä, että kahdeksalla maailman varakkaimmalla ihmisellä on yhtä paljon omaisuutta kuin puolella koko maailman väestöstä. Oxfam mittaa nettovarallisuutta, ei tuloja. Järjestön laskelmiin sisältyy niin sanottu negatiivinen omaisuus, kuten opintolaina ja asunto-omaisuuteen sidottu pääoma.

6 Feb2017

Aplicar a geoengenharia às mudanças climáticas

Published by Negócios

Mesmo os activistas do clima cada vez mais reconhecem que a retórica sobre o acordo mundial para reduzir as emissões dos gases de efeito de estufa, concluído em Paris há um ano, não vai ao encontro das actuais promessas que dizem respeito às temperaturas. Isto deveria levar-nos a pensar em soluções alternativas e inteligentes. Mas tal alternativa, a geoengenharia, é uma solução que muitas pessoas recusam. Geoengenharia significa manipular deliberadamente o clima na Terra. Parece algo saído da ficção científica. Mas faz todo o sentido pensar nisso enquanto política de segurança acessível e...

5 Feb2017

Bjørn Lomborg: Oxfam har fel om ojämlikheten

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Det är en i dag vanligt förekommande - och felaktig – uppfattning att ojämlikheten ökar obevekligt. Oxfam har nyligen bidragit till detta missförstånd genom att hävda att världens åtta rikaste personer äger lika mycket som hälften av jordens befolkning. Oxfam mäter nettoförmögenhet, inte inkomst. Det är viktigt att notera att det innefattar ”negativ” förmögenhet, vilket innebär att 5 % amerikaner med studielån eller negativt eget kapital i sina hus räknas till jordens fattigaste - fattigare än tre fjärdedelar av alla afrikaner. Det innebär att till och med de mest utfattiga människor man kan...

4 Feb2017

Kronik: Trump knuser vores bedste håb om at nedbringe fattigdommen

Published by Borsen

En global handelsaftale for hele planeten ville reducere antallet af mennesker, der lever i fattigdom, med 145 millioner på 15 år Med et pennestrøg har Præsident Trump udslettet et af de vigtigste tiltag for reduktion af fattigdommen, der ville...

2 Feb2017

A ‘Green Leap Forward’ in China? What a Load of Biomass

Published by Wall Street Journal

Excitement crackled through the environmental movement when China’s National Energy Administration announced last month that the country will spend at least $360 billion on green energy through 2020. Green elites are now toasting the communist country: While President Trump threatens to end costly climate policies, Chinese President Xi Jinping promises his nation will continue to fight climate change. It’s an interesting narrative, but the facts tell a different story. China’s announced investment works out to around $72 billion a year, much less than the $103 billion the...

27 Jan2017

Funding Wind and Solar Energy Is Inefficient

Published by The Huffington Post

We constantly hear how solar and wind energy is already cheaper than fossil fuels. A few months ago, Bloomberg Business declared that “wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies.” If renewable energy is cheaper than dirty fossil fuels, why isn’t everyone adopting them? Are we so irrationally addicted to polluting energy sources that we won’t even embrace cheaper and cleaner alternatives?

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