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29 Dec2019

La Agenda va por mal camino, por Bjorn Lomborg

Published by El Comercio

Han pasado tres años desde que los líderes mundiales adoptaron la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible con 169 objetivos que deben alcanzarse para transformar el planeta y aún estamos muy por detrás de lograr los nobles objetivos de reducir la pobreza, aumentar la prosperidad, proteger el planeta y promover la paz.

18 Dec2019

Dziennikarze nie rozumieją nowego raportu USA o klimacie

Published by Listy z naszego sadu

Aktywiści mają tendencję do przesadzania wpływu zmiany klimatycznej i równoczesnego niedoceniania kosztów powstrzymywania jej. Pouczające jest przyjęcie nowego oszacowania klimatu przez USA. Ten raport na ogół jest chłodno naukowy i opiera się na jeszcze ostrożniejszym globalnym raporcie panelu ONZ ds. klimatu i nauki znanego jako IPCC. Niestety, ścisłe relacjonowanie nauki nie zwiększa popularności programów telewizyjnych, a przewidywanie rychłego końca świata tak.

14 Dec2019

Klimaatcriticus Björn Lomborg: “Het klimaat is niet onze grootste prioriteit

Published by De Morgen

In het Poolse Katowice zochten wereldleiders deze week naar nieuwe maatregelen om de klimaatopwarming tegen te gaan. Ze waren beter thuis gebleven, zegt klimaatcriticus Björn Lomborg. “Dit beleid deugt niet. Het kost veel geld en heeft bijna geen impact.”

20 Jul2019

How to spend $162bn to fix climate – along with everything else

Published by The Australian

This year, the world will spend $US162 billion ($230bn) subsidising renewable energy, propping up inefficient industries and supporting middle-class homeowners to erect solar panels, according to the International Energy Agency. In addition, the Paris Agreement on climate change will cost the world from $US1 trillion to $US2 trillion a year by 2030. Astonishingly, neither of these hugely expensive policies will have any measurable impact on temperatures by the end of the century. Climate campaigners want to convince us that not only should we maintain these staggering costs, but that we...

19 Jul2019

Voters don't want the green campaigners' extreme climate policies

Published by The Telegraph

The renowned naturalist and climate change campaigner Sir David Attenborough believes governments should face a reckoning for their failure to tackle global warming. Speaking recently about the US and Australia, he expressed a hope that the electorate would vote out governments who are not taking the climate seriously enough. The problem for Sir David and other campaigners is that, far from punishing politicians who pledge to scrap expensive climate policies, voters in Australia just backed them. The Australian election was dubbed the “climate change election”. Pundits expected the climate-...

11 Jul2019

A case for nutrition counselling

Published by The Hindu

The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme is one of the world’s largest programmes for early childhood care and development. Now, a new study suggests that nutrition and health counselling delivered under the programme’s auspices is one of the best possible investments that can be made by any government. This timely, non-partisan report is by India Consensus, a partnership between Tata Trusts and Copenhagen Consensus, which has undertaken a first-of-its-kind analysis of 100 government programmes. These were identified by NITI Aayog for their role in supporting India’s efforts to...

8 Jul2019

Prioritising e-government procurement for vision 2021 and beyond

Published by The Daily Star

Transparency, fair competition and accountability are three defining features of an efficient public procurement system. Until 2011, the Bangladesh procurement process was paper-based and plagued by corruption and malpractices. Short bidding periods, nondisclosure of the selection criteria, pre-tender negotiation with bidders were some of the defining features of guiding Bangladesh’s public procurement activities. Although the World Bank recommended introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) system in 2002, it was not until the current government’s Digital Bangladesh agenda that gave fresh...

5 Jul2019

Empowering rural courts

Published by The Daily Star

Increasing access to justice at the grassroot level can directly protect human rights of the rural poor. It is estimated that nearly 4 billion poor around the world cannot access the protection of the law and justice system. A study by the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) and BRAC Human Rights and Legal Aid Services found that on average, 31 million people, mostly belonging to rural areas, experience legal problems every year.

21 Jun2019

The trade war’s biggest losers: It’s poor people throughout the developing world

Published by New York Daily News

The trade war between the United States and China has prompted many commentators to focus on the economic pain that will be felt by the two sides: hitting U.S. consumers in the pocket, and causing pain for Chinese exporters. There are a small number of supposed winners, with production predicted to shift from China to countries like Vietnam, Cambodia or India. But there’s a far bigger concern, which is that decision-makers across the world have shifted sharply against the most powerful global economic development tool ever been discovered. Yes, free trade is good for rich countries: It has...

20 Jun2019

Why GDP Still Matters

Published by Project Syndicate

New Zealand is being lauded for introducing the world’s first Wellbeing Budget, which aims to shift the focus from GDP toward the “wellbeing of people.” Those with a grudge against the GDP indicator – in particular greens, who blame economic growth for harming the environment – see this as an exciting new opportunity to stop chasing dollars and start caring about people. The pursuit of higher GDP is easy to malign. The measure was invented during the industrial era, and includes many things that are obviously not beneficial. As Robert F. Kennedy pointed out a half-century ago, GDP “counts...

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