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31 May2017

Bjorn Lomborg: Trump pulling out of Paris climate agreement ‘could be blessing in disguise’

Published by Channel 4 News (UK)

Bjorn Lomborg to comments on the Paris Treaty on Channel 4 News (UK). He explained that the promises in the Paris Treaty were never enough to get anywhere near the 2°C target.

29 May2017

The Nordic Initiative That The World Doesn't Want Or Need

Published by Forbes

The Prime Ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are meeting in Bergen, Norway, tomorrow to present a common approach on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unfortunately, the prime ministers have their priorities backward. Although it is initially being funded with just $11 million, the presence of all five prime ministers indicates the importance that Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are giving the “Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges” initiative. This will promote “Nordic knowledge of green transition, gender equality at work and...

26 May2017

The World, Energy, and Climate – Purdue Convocations Presidential Lecture Series

Published by Purdue Convocations

Bjorn Lomborg joined Purdue President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussing the world, energy, and climate. The talk was part of Purdue Convocations presidential lecture series. Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30--40 performances of widely varying genres.

19 May2017

Changing the Narrative About Haiti

Published by Project Syndicate

Prioritizing spending alternatives is difficult in every country. But it is especially challenging in Haiti, where, following years of fractious politics, a newly elected government is striving to expand the economy and improve wellbeing while confronting the lingering consequences of the massive 2010 earthquake. Every government has limited funds, but Haiti has an annual budget of just $2 billion, with foreign donors allocating another $1 billion. To put that number into context, the annual budgets of two countries with similar-size populations, the Czech Republic and Sweden, are $74 billion...

17 May2017

An Alternative Plan for Development in Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

n every country, considerable resources are spent by the government and businesses, various national agencies, and often local and foreign NGOs, to improve the standard of living. Haiti is no exception. The national budget is 203 billion Gourdes (USD$3 billion) annually, and another 67 billion Gourdes (USD$1 billion) is received in aid each year. On top of this, there are earthquake recovery resources and the money that is spent by private industry, donors, or sent home by the Haitian Diaspora.

17 May2017

Could Tariffs and Subsidies Boost Haiti’s Economy?

Published by The Huffington Post

Agriculture matters, both to Haiti and its new president. One of the biggest issues is tariffs and subsidies. Twenty years after tariffs were dropped, the impact continues to be discussed and debated. The research project Haiti Priorise sets out to introduce new data on costs and benefits that helps decision-makers to focus on the soundest policies and investments for the nation. The government, farming leaders, businesses and civil society all helped to identify the biggest challenges and most promising solutions, and the project has asked economists to examine these in-depth, to provide...

16 May2017

Memo to whoever lands the world’s top health job – do this first

Published by New Scientist

Jobs don’t come much tougher than this. Whoever is chosen as the new head of the World Health Organization next week has $4.5 billion a year to spend – but when you’re trying to improve public health on a planet of 7.5 billion people, you have to use it wisely. So the new director-general needs to prioritise areas where a sharper focus would squeeze the most out of every dollar, yen, euro or pound spent. Doing this would also bolster the case for an increase in the WHO’s budget.

15 May2017

Building Haiti’s Defenses Against Natural Disasters

Published by The Huffington Post

Over the past 21 years, Haiti has been hit by 40 cyclones, thunderstorms and heavy rains. Each year on average two events cause flooding and landslides with serious consequences for people and their livelihoods. Haiti is more vulnerable than many nations because of the number of people living in poverty. Climate change means that these phenomena could increase in occurrence and severity.

8 May2017

How Increased Access to Family Planning Can Help Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

During the 1970s and 1980s, a successful family planning program with strong private and public sector support helped contribute to a decline in Haiti’s fertility rate. Political instability in the 1980s saw the dissolution of the National Family Planning Council, the termination of the family planning outreach project, and support for many sexual and reproductive health services shifted to international organizations. In addition, in the early 1980s, the first cases of HIV infection were diagnosed in Haiti, and by the late 1980s, HIV/AIDS-related funding had overtaken family planning funding...

4 May2017

The Case for Building Roads in Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

Transport problems affect every aspect of life in Haiti. The problems are all too familiar to Haitians. Roads degrade faster than they are rehabilitated or built. The inadequacy of the road network, combined with the pitiful state of roads and transport vehicles, means a large part of the rural population is isolated. In fact, more than half of these people have no access to transportation, and more than a third rely on roads that are difficult to access. These conditions extremely limit access to basic services and opportunities for economic development.

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