Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

17 Jul2020

The alarm about climate change is blinding us to sensible solutions

Published by The Globe and Mail

It wasn’t that long ago when much of the global elite had conclusively decided that climate change was our world’s top priority. Then came a massive sideswiping by a global pandemic, of which we have only seen the first wave, along with an equally massive global recession. It serves as a timely reminder that an alarmism that cultivates one fear over others serves society poorly.

16 Jul2020

For Cleaner and Healthier Rural Communities

Published by The Daily Graphic

Clean and healthy communities require proper sanitation, but one in every three people in the world still lacks access to a dignified sanitation service. Ghana has also struggled to improve sanitation coverage, and the situation remains challenging, especially in rural communities where private latrines are scarce. Throughout the entire UN Millennium Development Goals period, between 2000 and 2015, the percentage of rural households practicing open defecation dropped by only one percentage point, to 31%. As of 2017, about 4 million people in rural Ghana still practiced open defecation, and...

14 Jul2020

Climate change is important—but it shouldn’t distract us from other crucial problems

Published by Fortune

What is the point of climate change policy? To make the world a better place for all of us, and for future generations. In my new book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, I analyze a lot of ways to make smart climate policy—and many that unfortunately waste resources. But we also need to ask ourselves the broader question: If the goal is to make the world a better place, is climate change policy the most important thing to focus on?

11 Jul2020

How climate change alarmists are actually endangering the planet

Published by New York Post

“You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change,” reads a typical poster held by teenagers in climate rallies across the world. The media, activists and even politicians are unabashedly indulging in climate alarmism, stoking the fears of millions. Books on the impending implosion of civilization due to climate change line shelves in bookstores across the world. Media outlets have changed the name of climate change, calling it the “climate emergency” or even “climate breakdown.” The cover of Time magazine tells us: “Be worried. Be very worried.”

11 Jul2020

The Lockdown’s Lessons for Climate Activism

Published by Wall Street Journal

For decades, climate activists have exhorted people in the wealthy West to change their personal behavior to cut carbon emissions. We have been told to drive less, to stop flying and, in general, to reduce consumption—all in the name of saving the planet from ever higher temperatures. The Covid-19 pandemic has now achieved these goals, at least temporarily. With the enormous reduction in global economic activity, it has been as if people around the world suddenly decided to heed the activists and curtail their travel and consumption.

9 Jul2020

As we begin our global climb out of the coronavirus depression, we shouldn’t start by letting bad green deals make us poorer

Published by Financial Post

After the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, the world will be spending trillions of dollars to get us back on track. Increasingly, campaigners and influential policymakers demand this spending be tied to climate goals. IMF chairwoman Kristalina Georgieva urges “We must do everything in our power to make it a green recovery,” and U.S. Democrats, the European Commission and many other countries are pushing ”Green New Deals.” These could cost us tens of trillions of dollars, and, unfortunately, will be one of the worst ways to help us recover.

9 Jul2020

Por que é que o PIB ainda importa

Published by Jornal de Negocios

A verdade é simples: mais dinheiro compra mais oportunidades. O foco da Nova Zelândia no bem-estar pode ter a melhor das intenções. Mas se o PIB não aumentar, o governo terá menos dinheiro para os seus grandes planos.

9 Jul2020

Sanitation for a Cleaner and Healthier Future

Published by The Daily Graphic

Proper sanitation practices protect communities from diseases and maintain a clean and safe environment to promote the social, economic, and physical wellbeing of the population. In Ghana, liquid waste management has been largely neglected and remains an urgent issue with nationwide implications. In 2017, there were 41 million cases of diarrhoea and 7,300 related deaths in Ghana, much of it owing to poor sanitation. It has been estimated that as much as 88% of diarrhoeal disease in Accra and 75% of child deaths from cholera and diarrhoea in the country can be traced to this factor. The...

25 Jun2020

Cost-Effective Strategies to Reduce Flooding

Published by The Daily Graphic

Over the past decades, the Accra Metropolitan Area has witnessed major development, but this growth has given rise to risks of its own. Rapid urbanization has caused an unplanned expansion of built-up areas like roads, parking lots and other structures with impervious surfaces, which has led to perennial flooding. Inadequacies of drainage systems and poor solid waste management add to this threat that is only bound to intensify in the future as climate change poses further challenges on cities and nations. Accra urgently needs a comprehensive flood risk mitigation strategy that includes...

18 Jun2020

Industrial Transformations for Growth and Development

Published by The Daily Graphic

Even with Ghana’s impressive economic growth in recent times, the country’s industries still lag behind the services sector in its contribution to both GDP and employment. Ghanaian manufacturers struggle to overcome the difficulties posed by infrastructure problems, informality, and the lack of skilled labour and good management practices. Financial constraints, high cost of doing business, and difficulties to access credit also make growth harder for companies of all sizes.