Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

22 Feb2015

Electric car benefits? Just myths: Column

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.

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.

16 Jan2015

Better stoves can reduce indoor pollution

Published by China Daily

Air quality has improved dramatically in rich countries over the past century. Yet air pollution is still a huge problem, especially in the developing world. It kills about 7 million people each year, accounting for one out of every eight deaths globally. But the most deadly air pollution comes from inside people's houses, because 2.8 billion people still use firewood, dung and coal for cooking and keeping warm, breathing polluted air inside their homes every day.

2 Jan2015

Reliable and affordable energy : Make clean stoves, electricity part of the new promises

Published by The Economic Times

Reliable and affordable energy is vital for today's developing and emerging economies. Driven mostly by its fivefold increase in coal use, China's economy has grown 18-fold in the past 30 years and lifted 680 million people out of poverty. Worldwide, almost three billion people still don't have access to modern energy, instead they use firewood, dung and crop waste for cooking and heating indoors, which is so polluting, the World Health Organization estimates they kill one of every 13 people that die on the planet.

27 Dec2014

Met subsidies krijg je geen goedkope groene energie

Published by Volkskrant

De laatste twintig jaar is de traditionele klimaataanpak duidelijk en eensgezind geweest: we moeten hernieuwbare energiebronnen zoals windturbines en zonnecellen subsidiëren om de CO2-uitstoot te verminderen. Dit is het verminderingstraject. Toch haalt de wereld vandaag de dag, ondanks eindeloze klimaattoppen en goede bedoelingen, slechts 0,4 procent van zijn energie uit zonne- en windenergie. De CO2-uitstoot blijft maar toenemen.

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...

13 Dec2014

Sæt globale mål for energi

Published by Berlingske

Klima og energi er for alvor kommet på dagsordenen igen under FNs nyligt afsluttede klimakonferencen i Lima. Sideløbende foregår FNs årelange samtale om nye globale udviklingsmål. Mange mål vil, med rette, gå på fattigdom, mad, vand og miljø. Mål for energi burde være langt højere oppe på listen.

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.

10 Oct2014

Seven value-for-money ways to save the world

Published by The Daily Telegraph

What's the best way for the United Nations to help the developing world? Right now, the organisation is in the process of setting its global development agenda for the next 15 years - and the most important thing to do is to set goals which it can actually achieve, and to work out what the best way to spend its money is. Economics may well show the way.