Bjorn Lomborg

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28 Mar2021

A plot against the poor: Beware the carbon tariffs that’ll act as back-door protectionism for rich countries

Published by The Times of India

To tackle climate change, rich nations are promising to end fossil fuel use in 29 years. As this becomes excruciatingly costly, the G7 is now thinking about making the world’s poor pay for it. That’ll go badly. The rich world has seen an incredible development on the back of enormous increases in mostly fossil fuel energy. A couple of hundred years ago, most available power came from backbreaking human work. Even by the end of the 1800s, human labour made up 94% of all industrial work in the US. Today, it constitutes just 8%. If we think of the energy we use in terms of “servants”, each with...

30 Sep2020

Boosting Ghana’s Industry for Sustained Growth

Published by The Daily Graphic

Ghana's economic growth has been rapid since the start of the new millennium, reaching 14% in 2011, but economic performance has been relatively lower since then, particularly from 2013-2016. Important factors for the slowing of development are the huge infrastructural deficit and the limited fiscal space, but Ghana has the potential for improvement thanks to its large natural resource deposits. The country has historically relied on the extraction of these abundant resources for economic and social development, and global business attention has focused on several sectors, including oil and...

22 Sep2020

Transformed Transportation to Boost Growth

Published by The Daily Graphic

Ghana has been experiencing steady economic development, but GDP growth has not been supported with enough infrastructure to boost welfare sustainably in the long term. One of the sectors requiring urgent improvement is transport. The road network comprises over 78,000 kilometers, but only 49% of it is maintained or rehabilitated. Up to 60% of the 1300-kilometer rail network is not used regularly due to lack of maintenance. This absence of necessary infrastructure limits commerce and exports, and slows down Ghana’s economic growth prospects and even tourism, given that many of the major...

16 Sep2020

Sorry, solar panels won’t stop California’s fires

Published by New York Post

The massive fires raging in California are being blamed squarely on climate change. Alongside ominous photographs of orange skies, the front page of the Sunday Los Angeles Times blared: “California’s Climate Apocalypse.” Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom says the cause is climate change. Anyone who thinks differently, he insists, is in denial. The governor is right that climate change is real, man-made and something we need to deal with smartly. But the claim that the fires are caused by climate change is grossly misleading. Translated into policy, it would steer the state to the worst way to...

16 Sep2020

Modernised Administration for Increased Autonomy

Published by The Daily Graphic

Digitising public administration at the local level improves efficiency and productivity. Faster and simpler revenue collection, especially, boosts transparency and increases municipalities’ autonomy by enhancing their ability to generate more local income in a systematic manner. Ghana has a legal decentralisation framework that allows for the fiscal autonomy of the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) with important planning and coordination functions. The MMDAs are responsible for infrastructure and service delivery in key sectors of public life: waste management,...

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...

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.

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.

4 Jun2020

Land Title Reform for Increased Investment, Security and Development

Published by The Daily Graphic

Ghana’s economy has shown robust growth in the past two decades, with GDP per capita increasing by 88% in real terms during this period. Still, poverty remains a challenge, especially among the rural population. For an economy largely reliant on agriculture and mineral resource mining like Ghana’s, land plays a crucial role in development. However, the land structure in the country is complicated, with most holdings remaining in customary ownership, untitled, and undocumented. This generates problems of disputes and inadequate utilization of the property.