Bjorn Lomborg

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17 Feb2012

Předražené německé slunce

Published by Hospodářské noviny

2012-02-17 V Německu spěje k hořkému konci jeden z největších experimentů se zelenou energií na světě. Spolková republika se kdysi pyšnila titulem "fotovoltaického světového šampiona", když rozdělovala lidem štědré dotace (podle výzkumu německé Porúrské univerzity více než 130 miliard dolarů), aby investovali do sluneční energie. Nyní však německá vláda slibuje, že dotace seškrtá a během následujících pěti let podporu ukončí. (...)

16 Feb2012

Lomborg op-ed: Germany’s Sunshine Daydream

Published by Project Syndicate

2012-02-16 COPENHAGEN – One of the world’s biggest green-energy public-policy experiments is coming to a bitter end in Germany, with important lessons for policymakers elsewhere. Germany once prided itself on being the “photovoltaic world champion”, doling out generous subsidies – totaling more than $130 billion, according to research from Germany’s Ruhr University – to citizens to invest in solar energy. But now the German government is vowing to cut the subsidies sooner than planned, and to phase out support over the next five years. What went wrong...

13 Feb2012

Lomborg's article in NATO review: Climate, disease and food - a lot still to do

Published by NATO Review

NATO Review » 2012 security predictions » Climate, disease and food - a lot still to do. Climate, disease and food - a lot still to do In 2012, the issue that we make the least progress on – but lament at length about – will remain global warming. Campaigners will continue to use doomsday language to try to hustle for faster action. Climate change negotiators will continue to dress up their failures as victories. Read it online Art BL 2012-02 NATO Review.pdf

22 Jan2012

El nuevo acuerdo del Emperador sobre el cambio climático

Published by El Tiempo

2012-01-22 La operación de disfrazar el fracaso como una victoria ha formado parte íntegramente de las negociaciones sobre el cambio climático desde que comenzaron hace veinte años. La más reciente ronda de conversaciones, celebrada en Durban (Sudáfrica) el pasado mes de diciembre, no ha sido una excepción. Las negociaciones sobre el clima han estado en un limbo virtual desde la catastrófica y humillante cumbre celebrada en el 2009 en Copenhague, donde unas esperanzas exageradas chocaron con una dura realidad política. Así, pues, cuando los negociadores -y un puñado de ministros de gobiernos...

12 Jan2012

Císařova nová dohoda o klimatu

Published by Hospodářské noviny

2012-01-12 Vydávání neúspěchu za vítězství je nedílnou součástí jednání o klimatických změnách už od jejich počátku před 20 lety. Poslední, prosincové kolo rozhovorů v jihoafrickém Durbanu, nebylo v tomto směru výjimkou. (...)

10 Jan2012

Lomborg op-ed: The Emperor’s New Climate-Change Agreement

Published by Project Syndicate

2012-01-10 The Emperor’s New Climate-Change Agreement COPENHAGEN – Dressing up failure as victory has been integral to climate-change negotiations since they started 20 years ago. The latest round of talks in Durban, South Africa, in December was no exception. Climate negotiations have been in virtual limbo ever since the catastrophic and humiliating Copenhagen summit in 2009, where vertiginous expectations collided with hard political reality. So as negotiators – and a handful of government ministers – arrived in Durban, expectations could not have been lower. (...)

11 Dec2011

Lomborg op-ed in Wall Street Journal: Global Warming and Adaptability

Published by Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal OPINION DECEMBER 12, 2011 Global Warming and Adaptability Any carbon deal to replace Kyoto would have a negligible impact on climate in coming decades. By BJORN LOMBORG The Durban pit-stop in the endless array of climate summits has just ended, and predictably it reaffirmed the United Nations' strong belief that the most important response to global warming is to secure a strong deal to cut carbon emissions. What is almost universally ignored, however, is that if we want to help real people overcome real problems we need to focus first on adaptation. The Durban...

28 Nov2011

Lomborg named Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy "for looking more right than ever on the politics of climate change"

Published by Foreign Policy

The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2011's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them. DECEMBER 2011 Bjorn Lomborg For looking more right than ever on the politics of climate change. Director, Copenhagen Consensus, Denmark With international action on limiting climate change seemingly stalled, it must be hard for Bjorn Lomborg to resist an "I told you so." The Danish environmental researcher has been a longtime dissenter from the conventional wisdom calling for international agreements to limit carbon emissions. Lomborg...

25 Nov2011

Lomborg op-ed in USA Today: Government shouldn't be picking Solyndras

Published by USA Today

The lesson from the federal government's failed backing of Solyndra is not that the United States should abandon energy innovation. It is that the government should not try to pick industry winners in the race to replace fossil fuels with an alternative. Solyndra is the now-bankrupt solar-panel manufacturer that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee in 2009 to build a factory based on the proposition that solar power should be captured through solar cylinders rather than the more established technology of silicon wafers. Solyndra lost the gamble on its technology — and...

25 Nov2011

Lomborg op-ed at Financial Times: Global warming needs a more innovative solution

Published by Financial Times

For a considerable time, it has been claimed that we must fix climate change immediately or all will be lost. As long ago as 1989, the director of the United Nations environment programme stated: "We shall win - or lose - the climate struggle in the first years of the 1990s. The issue is as urgent as that." ...