Bjorn Lomborg

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17 Jan2014

Acceso a energía, problema medioambiental

Published by Melenio

Acceso a energía, problema medioambiental 2014-01-17, BJORN LOMBORG Milenio, Mexico. Si queremos ayudar al mundo, lo primero es lograr que este recurso llegue a más población, y no solo en la minúscula porción de un panel solar, sino en la de los fiables y conocidos combustibles fósiles de bajo costo ¿Cuál es el mayor problema medioambiental del mundo? Muchas personas bienintencionadas apuntan a un calentamiento global, pero eso es totalmente incorrecto. Es más bien la contaminación atmosférica. Las estimaciones de la Organización Mundial de la Salud y otros organismos muestran que...

3 Jan2014

Forbruget af biobrændstof er vanvid

Published by Børsen

2014-01-03, BJORN LOMBORG Børsen, Denmark. Den grønne drøm blev et mareridt, som miljøforkæmpere fortryder I december kunne EU være blevet den første større politiske aktør til at bremse stigningen af brugen af...

1 Jan2014

O poder para desenvolver

Published by Jornal de Negocios

O poder para desenvolver 2014-01-01, BJORN LOMBORG Jornal de Negocios, Portugal. A pobreza está, neste momento, a matar milhões de pessoas com um maior impacto no PIB. E demasiadas pessoas, apesar de bem-intencionadas, não estão dispostas a reconhecer as prioridades para melhorar a vida das pessoas mais pobres. As concessões são parte integrante das nossas vidas. Todos reconhecemos esta realidade dos nossos orçamentos privados. Para reparar o tecto, temos que aceitar umas férias de verão menos extravagantes. Quando escolhemos um vinho mais barato, podemos gastar mais na sobremesa. As...

17 Dec2013

The great biofuels scandal

Published by The Telegraph

2013-12-17, The Telegraph Last week, the EU missed an opportunity to end the most wasteful green programme of our time – one which costs billions of pounds annually and causes at least 30 million people to go hungry every year. By failing to agree a cap on the use of biofuels, the Council of Ministers has given tacit support for a technology that is bad for both taxpayer and environment. Legislation will now be delayed until 2015. The biofuel story is a perfect example of good intentions leading to terrible outcomes. Moreover, it is a lesson on how powerful, pseudo-green vested...

12 Dec2013

The Power to Develop

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-12-12 Trade-offs are an inherent part of life. We all recognize this from our private budgets. To fix the roof, we may have to accept a less extravagant summer vacation. When we pick a cheaper wine, we can splurge on dessert. Trade-offs also pervade environmental policy: Cutting more of one pollutant, for example, leaves fewer resources to address other issues. For example, coal is phenomenally polluting, but it also provides for cheap and reliable power, which drives development. Over the past 30 years, China has lifted 680 million people out of poverty, mostly through the use of coal...

4 Dec2013

The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels

Published by New York Times

2013-12-04 THERE’S a lot of hand-wringing about our warming planet, but billions of people face a more immediate problem: They are desperately poor, and many cook and heat their homes using open fires or leaky stoves that burn dirty fuels like wood, dung, crop waste and coal. About 3.5 million of them die prematurely each year as a result of breathing the polluted air inside their homes — about 200,000 more than the number who die prematurely each year from breathing polluted air outside, according to a study by the World Health Organization. (...)

11 Nov2013

Green Energy Is the Real Subsidy Hog

Published by Wall Street Journal

2013-11-11 Subsidizing first-generation, inefficient green energy might make well-off people feel good about themselves, but it won't transform the energy market. Yet when inefficient green subsidies are criticized, their defenders can be relied on to point out that the world subsidizes fossil fuels even more heavily. But the misinformation surrounding energy subsidies is considerable, and it helps keep the world from enacting sensible policy. In Wall Street Journal, Lomborg debunks three popular myths about fossil-fuel subsidies and argues that we should not subsidize either fossil fuels...

7 Nov2013

How is the World Doing? A Global Scorecard, 1900-2050

Published by Bloomberg

2013-11-06 One of the longest-running big picture debates is between optimists and pessimists arguing the state of the world. Pessimists have constantly painted a dystopian future from Malthus and Jevons to the 1972 book Limits to Growth. Optimists have cheerfully pointed to how everything is getting better.

31 Aug2013

Millioner af døde på den grønne samvittighed

Published by Berlingske

2013-08-31 Aktivister har ødelagt et markforsøg med genmodificeret Golden Rice i Filippinerne. Med hjælp fra velmenende, men vildledte organisationer som Greenpeace, ødelægger de potentielt muligheden for at forebygge 680.000 dødsfald hvert år. Det er moralsk uforsvarligt.

15 Aug2013

The Decline of Renewable Energy

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-08-14 PRAGUE – Many today believe that renewable energy will let us get off fossil fuels soon. Unfortunately, the facts say otherwise. According to International Energy Agency data, 13.12% of the world’s energy came from renewables in 1971, the first year that the IEA reported global statistics. In 2011, renewables’ share was actually lower, at 12.99%. Yet a new survey shows that Americans believe that the share of renewables in 2035 will be 30.2%. In reality, it will likely be 14.5%.