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12 Mar2015

The Price of Biodiversity

Published by Project Syndicate

Biodiversity - the species we share our planet with - is under pressure. Post-2015 Consensus research finds that a global target to prevent the loss of coral reefs will gives at least $24 of environmental benefits per dollar spent. Likewise, reducing the current loss of forests by half would likely do about $10 of good for each dollar spent. However, increasing protected areas, because it is very costly but only somewhat helpful, is likely to do less than $1 of good per dollar spent.

22 Feb2015

Electric car benefits? Just myths

Published by USA Today

It is time to stop our green worship of the electric car. It costs us a fortune, cuts little CO2 and surprisingly kills almost twice the number of people compared with regular gasoline cars.

1 Feb2015

The Alarming Thing About Climate Alarmism

Published by Wall Street Journal

We have to put the omni-present narrative that our climate is changing for the worse in perspective. While some indicators are indeed getting worse, the data shows that others are improving. But the prevalent alarmism in the climate debate prevents us from finding smart smart solutions, and most campaigners focus on very expensive but inefficient policies.

26 Jan2015

Strengthen Health Systems To Reduce Premature Deaths

Published by Time

Last year, life expectancy on the planet reached 70. This is remarkable progress — just 115 years ago in 1900, life expectancy was around 30. In Roman times, life expectancy was about 22 years. Compared to a century ago, each of us has now been granted more than two lifetimes

19 Jan2015

Ebola kills far fewer than Aids, TB and malaria. What should we prioritise?

Published by The Guardian

Ebola got most of the attention in 2014. It killed about 8,000 people. Meanwhile, over the same period of time about 3.6 million people died from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. The truth is that despite great progress in healthcare, much of the world is still blighted by preventable disease, with the poorest people suffering the most. The good news is that tackling these diseases turns out to be an extraordinary good investment. The Copenhagen Consen sus Center has just published new studies that show effective, clear strategies and targets that would dramatically reduce the burden...

14 Jan2015

The Digital Road From Poverty

Published by Project Syndicate

What would happen if we brought broadband internet to 3 billion people in the developing world? Clearly, the rapid rollout of broadband services has transformed the lives of people in the industrialized world, and there is every reason to expect that developing countries could benefit at least as much. It would enable a host of new enterprises and all the spillovers that come with it - more jobs, greater efficiency, bigger markets for goods and services, and faster innovatio n. It would also assist in achieving better outcomes in education, health and poverty reduction. In short, it would...

16 Dec2014

Why innovation is the best path to a climate solution

Published by The Globe and Mail

The UN Climate Summit in Lima achieved little, just like the previous meetings for more than 20 years. As the saying goes, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” For the past 20 years, the traditional climate approach has been clear and single-minded: we must subsidize the deployment of renewable sources of energy, such as wind turbines and solar cells to reduce our CO2 emissions – the so-called reduction pathway. Yet, today, after endless climate summits and good intentions, the world gets just 0.4 per cent of its energy from solar and wind...

21 Nov2014

The United Nations needs a shorter, stronger game plan for humanity

Published by Washington Post

In a world prone to fickle media attention to short-term crises, we often neglect to consider a long-term game plan for humanity. But right now the world’s 193 governments are gearing up to set our priorities for the next decade and a half at the United Nations’ annual meeting in September 2015. This is a debate worth having, but almost no one has heard anything about it.

1 Nov2014

Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals


Published by Foreign Affairs

The November/December 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs features a 9 page article by Dr. Lomborg. “Promises to Keep: Crafting Better Development Goals”, highlights the work of the Post-2015 Consensus and the valuable knowledge the project is injecting into the post-2015 debate.

12 Aug2014

Lomborg on smarter goals for the UN in media around the world

Subsequent to Bjorn Lomborg's article on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and New York Times ' reporting last month, media around the world have interviewed Lomborg on the Copenhagen Consensus Center's Post-2015 Consensus project. The newspapers of record in France and Norway, Le Monde and Aftenposten (on two full pages) both reported on Lomborg's efforts to prioritize global aid spending in the most cost-effective way. An interview with the world's fourth-largest news agency EFE is available both in Spanish (e.g. La Informacion ) and Catalan ( La Vanguardia ). Lomborg...

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