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18 Jan2017

Geoengineering Climate Change

Published by Project Syndicate

Even climate activists increasingly recognize that the lofty rhetoric of the global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, concluded in Paris just over a year ago, will not be matched by its promises’ actual impact on temperatures. This should make us think about smart, alternative solutions. But one such alternative, geoengineering, is a solution that many people refuse to entertain. Geoengineering means deliberately manipulating the Earth’s climate. It seems like something from science fiction. But it makes sense to think of it as a prudent and affordable insurance policy...

17 Jan2017

Oxfam's upside down inequality study

Published by USA Today

Today there is a commonplace — and wrong — impression that inequality is inexorably rising. Oxfam just contributed to the misunderstanding by claiming that the richest eight people own the same amount as half the world’s population. Oxfam measures net wealth, not income. Crucially, it includes ‘negative’ wealth, meaning the 5% of Americans with student loans or negative equity in their houses are considered among the world’s poorest — poorer than three-quarters of all Africans. This means that even the most impoverished soul you could imagine —...

16 Jan2017

The Paris Climate Agreement Won't Change The Climate

Published by PragerU

The Paris Climate Agreement will cost at least $1 trillion per year, and climate activists say it will save the planet. The truth? It won't do anything for the planet, but it will make everyone poorer--except politicians and environmentalists. Bjorn Lomborg explains.

10 Jan2017

A Digital Strategy for Bangladesh’s Biggest Problems

Published by Wall Street Journal

Bangladesh halved its poverty rate and grew its economy by as much as 7% in recent years. Yet many challenges remain, from malnourishment in rural districts to air pollution in the capital Dhaka. To help the government tackle the nation’s biggest problems, the Bangladesh Priorities Project asked scores of economists how best to respond. This collaboration between the Copenhagen Consensus Center think tank and BRAC, the world’s largest nongovernmental organization, saw an eminent panel of Bangladeshi thought leaders and a Nobel laureate economist rank 76 proposals. The list...

6 Jan2017

A ishte 2016-ta, viti më i mirë?

Published by Telegrafi

Sipas mendimit të përgjithshëm, 2016 ishte një vit i tmerrshëm. Sulme të tmerrshme terroriste goditën shumë vende. Kriza siriane mori dhjetëra mijëra jetë. Turqia pa sulme vetëvrasëse me bomba dhe një grusht të dështuar shteti. Më shumë se 70 vende përjetuan një rënie të lirisë. Tronditjet politike përfshinë Brexit dhe fitoren e Donald Trump në zgjedhjet presidenciale të Shteteve të Bashkuara – të dyja të paparashikuara nga media apo elitat politike. Zika u shpall një emergjencë ndërkombëtare e shëndetit publik. Viti ishte një nga më të ngrohtët në histori. Duke lexuar faqet e opinioneve,...

4 Jan2017

2016 foi o melhor ano de sempre?

Published by Negócios

De acordo com a sabedoria popular, 2016 foi um ano terrível. Ataques terroristas horrendos atingiram muitos países. A crise síria ceifou dezenas de milhares de vidas. A Turquia assistiu a atentados suicidas e a um golpe fracassado. Mais de 70 países experimentaram um declínio na liberdade. Os choques políticos incluíram a vitória do Brexit e a vitória de Donald Trump nas eleições presidenciais dos Estados Unidos - ambas imprevistas pelos media e pela elite política. O Zika foi declarado uma emergência internacional de saúde pública. E o ano deve ter sido o mais quente de sempre. Ao ler as...

3 Jan2017

Los pandas están de regreso, por Bjorn Lomborg

Published by El Comercio

Los pandas gigantes son uno de los animales favoritos de todo el mundo. En un año que parece haber terminado con pocas alegrías, hubo una buena noticia para todos los amantes de estos osos: la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza los quitó de la lista de especies en peligro de extinción, rebajando su estado de amenaza a “vulnerable”. Todavía no debemos considerar que están completamente a salvo. Sin embargo, hay algunas lecciones claras y quizás sorprendentes. La principal es que el crecimiento económico puede ser bueno para las especies en peligro de extinción y el medio...

1 Jan2017

¿Fue el 2016 el mejor año de la historia?

Published by La Nación

Según lo que todo el mundo dice, el 2016 fue un año terrible. Muchos países se vieron afectados por horrendos ataques terroristas. La crisis de Siria se cobró decenas de miles de vidas. Turquía sufrió ataques con bombas suicidas y un golpe de Estado fallido. En más de 70 países bajaron los niveles de libertad. Entre los grandes bombazos políticos estuvieron el brexit y la victoria de Donald Trump en las presidenciales de Estados Unidos, ambos grandes sorpresas para los medios de comunicación o las élites políticas. Se declaró al zika una emergencia de salud pública internacional. Es probable...

30 Dec2016

Feeding infants well starts a virtuous circle

Published by Hindustan Times

The first-ever national survey to measure child nutrition levels is an excellent and timely endeavour that will help India to tackle one of its biggest challenges to development. The survey by UNICEF and the government will quantify micronutrient deficiencies as well as worm infestation. Both children and adults need a high quality diet, but feeding young children well makes a big difference for their lives. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life – from conception to the age of two – are vital for proper development...

28 Dec2016

Kan Trump leda till en bättre klimatpolitik?

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Valet av Donald Trump tillsammans med republikansk majoritet i kongressens båda kamrar har skrämt miljö- och klimataktivister som förklarat att de kommande fyra åren kommer att bli en ”katastrof”. Rädslan är förståelig. Mycket är oklart om den nya administrationens planer. Det lilla vi vet ger dock, en aning förvånande, anledning till hopp. År 2016 behöver vi inte upprepa att klimatförändring är en realitet som huvudsakligen orsakas av människan. Från att tidigare ha ifrågasatt vetenskapen har Trump efter valet medgett, ”jag tror att det finns ett visst samband”,...

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