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17 Feb2011

Lomborg's op-ed: The False Promise of Green Jobs

Published by Project Syndicate

COPENHAGEN – Political rhetoric has shifted away from the need to respond to the “generational challenge” of climate change. Investment in alternative energy technologies like solar and wind is no longer peddled on environmental grounds. Instead, we are being told of the purported economic payoffs, above all, the promise of so-called “green jobs.” Unfortunately, that does not measure up to economic reality. (...)...

3 Feb2011

Lomborg's article in The Daily: Cooling-off period

Published by The Daily

Why the carbon-capping frenzy has died down Bjorn Lomborg Thursday, February 3, 2011 In just a few years, climate change has gone from the hottest issue on the global political agenda to one that top leaders barely acknowledge. Whatever happened to President Obama’s ambitious vow to "act boldly and decisively," former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s urgent intention to hammer out "a comprehensive and global agreement" on carbon cuts, or United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s belief that the world was creating "a very concrete foundation...

28 Jan2011

Lomborg's article in Public Servant

Published by Public Servant (UK)

Why it's time we gave up on this carbon-cutting crusade Friday, January 28, 2011 The EU is spending $250bn to achieve minuscule reductions in temperature rises. It's time for Europe to abandon its quixotic carbon-cutting crusade and try a different approach, writes Bjorn Lomborg. (...)...

20 Jan2011

Lomborg: Twój najlepiej wydany dolar

Published by Racjonalista

Na wschodnim krańcu Kalkuty w Indiach Dulu Bibi, 25-letnia matka czworga dzieci martwi się o koszty leczenia swoich dwóch chorych synów. Jej mąż zarabia 80-90 rupii (1,90 dolara dziennie). Codzienne pożywienie rodziny zawiera zbyt mało mikroelementów, by dzieci rozwijały się dobrze. Dwaj synowie Dulu, jeden mający 12 miesięcy a drugi 3 lata, są słabi, gorączkują, nie mają apetytu i dużo płaczą. „Jeśli wydam 150-200 rupii na lekarstwa — mówi — to co będę jadła i czym nakarmię dzieci?" (...)...

14 Jan2011

Lomborg's article in Slate: The Best Dollar You Will Ever Spend

Published by Slate

The Best Dollar You Will Ever Spend Nobel laureates have figured out the eight investments that will help the planet most. No. 1: micronutrients. By Bjørn Lomborg Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 3:24 PM ET On the eastern edge of Kolkata, India, Dulu Bibi, a 25-year-old mother of four, worries about the cost of treating her two sick boys. Her husband earns 80-90 rupees ($1.90) a day. The family's basic diet is low in the essential micronutrients that children need to thrive. Dulu's two sons, age 3 and 1, are weak and feverish, lack appetite, and cry a lot. "If I have to spend 150-200...

11 Jan2011

Lomborg's op-ed: No, You Can't

Published by Project Syndicate

Several thousand officials from 194 countries just gathered in Cancún, Mexico, for yet another global climate summit. Dissatisfied with the pace of climate diplomacy, many individuals are now wondering what they can do about climate change on their own. For years now, climate activists from Al Gore to Leonardo DiCaprio have argued that individual actions like driving more economical cars and using more efficient light bulbs are a crucial element in the effort to address global warming. (...)

7 Jan2011

Book review: Smart Solutions in TIMES Higher Education

Published by Times Higher Education

Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits 23 December 2010 TIMES Higher Education Sweating over the heating bill Steven Yearley finds that cost-benefit analysis is of limited use when it comes to saving the planet Suppose the international community took climate change seriously and committed a quarter of a trillion dollars a year to the problem for the next decade: how would they best spend the money? (...) Read it online Book review Smart Sol 2010 Dec 23 Times Higher Education.pdf

23 Dec2010

Úplne Inak by Bjorn Lomborg

Published by TREND

NAMIESTO DANÍ ZO SKLENÍKOVÝCH PLYNOV TREBA INVESTOVAŤ DO TECHNOLOGICKÉHO ROZVOJA, KTORÝ ZLACNÍ ZELENÉ ALTERNATÍVYOTEPĽOVANIE Koncom novembra sa politici stretnú v mexickom Cancune na summite OSN o klimatických zmenách. Rok po trápnom zlyhaní kodanského summitu svetoví lídri Cancun pravdepodobne obídu. (...)

22 Dec2010

Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist chose The Skeptical Environmentalist as one of his 5 favorite books

Published by The Browser

Matt Ridley’s books have sold over 800,000 copies, been translated into 27 languages and been short-listed for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture. In 2007 he won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick. Bjørn Lomborg. He read a famous article about Julian Simon in Wired, about the bet and Simon’s views, and Bjorn, being a gay, vegetarian, left-wing Dane thought: ‘This is crap.’ But he was an economics professor...

10 Dec2010

Financial Times: Europe needs real vision on climate

Published by Financial Times

By Bjørn Lomborg Published: December 9 2010 Barring last-minute upsets, the climate conference in Cancún will close on Friday having delivered on expectations that it would achieve nothing meaningful. As negotiators, commentators and campaigners head home, attention will turn to what happens next. Pundits and politicians in Europe will inevitably argue that we should “go it alone” and strengthen the European Union’s 20/20/20 policy, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and ensure 20 per cent renewable energy. The real lesson is...

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