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Bjorn Lomborg

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13 Aug2020

Equal Access to Health Care

Published by The Daily Graphic

Ghanaians’ health issues have shifted over time, from infectious diseases and maternal and child health problems to ever more non-communicable diseases. The current co-existence of diseases like malaria and tuberculosis with hypertension, stroke, and diabetes presents a challenge for the country’s health care system, and especially for the poor.

30 Jul2020

Transforming Ghana’s Agricultural Sector

Published by The Daily Graphic

Agriculture is a significant contributor to the Ghanaian economy and an important source of employment, with over 40% of all workers engaged in farming. With growth and development, the country is gradually shifting away from this sector towards industry and services, but agriculture is still key for the economy, and a necessary vehicle for reducing poverty and food insecurity. Increasing agricultural output is an important policy goal of the government, and can be achieved through three main mechanisms: increasing area under cultivation, improving the yield, and reducing post-harvest losses...

17 Jul2020

The alarm about climate change is blinding us to sensible solutions

Published by The Globe and Mail

It wasn’t that long ago when much of the global elite had conclusively decided that climate change was our world’s top priority. Then came a massive sideswiping by a global pandemic, of which we have only seen the first wave, along with an equally massive global recession. It serves as a timely reminder that an alarmism that cultivates one fear over others serves society poorly. In the “BC” era – Before Coronavirus – the World Health Organization famously called climate change the “greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.” Even as coronavirus tentacles were already spreading, the...

17 Jul2020

The alarm about climate change is blinding us to sensible solutions

Published by The Globe and Mail

It wasn’t that long ago when much of the global elite had conclusively decided that climate change was our world’s top priority. Then came a massive sideswiping by a global pandemic, of which we have only seen the first wave, along with an equally massive global recession. It serves as a timely reminder that an alarmism that cultivates one fear over others serves society poorly.

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...

14 Jul2020

Climate change is important—but it shouldn’t distract us from other crucial problems

Published by Fortune

What is the point of climate change policy? To make the world a better place for all of us, and for future generations. In my new book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, I analyze a lot of ways to make smart climate policy—and many that unfortunately waste resources. But we also need to ask ourselves the broader question: If the goal is to make the world a better place, is climate change policy the most important thing to focus on?

11 Jul2020

How climate change alarmists are actually endangering the planet

Published by New York Post

“You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change,” reads a typical poster held by teenagers in climate rallies across the world. The media, activists and even politicians are unabashedly indulging in climate alarmism, stoking the fears of millions. Books on the impending implosion of civilization due to climate change line shelves in bookstores across the world. Media outlets have changed the name of climate change, calling it the “climate emergency” or even “climate breakdown.” The cover of Time magazine tells us: “Be worried. Be very worried.”

11 Jul2020

The Lockdown’s Lessons for Climate Activism

Published by Wall Street Journal

For decades, climate activists have exhorted people in the wealthy West to change their personal behavior to cut carbon emissions. We have been told to drive less, to stop flying and, in general, to reduce consumption—all in the name of saving the planet from ever higher temperatures. The Covid-19 pandemic has now achieved these goals, at least temporarily. With the enormous reduction in global economic activity, it has been as if people around the world suddenly decided to heed the activists and curtail their travel and consumption.

9 Jul2020

As we begin our global climb out of the coronavirus depression, we shouldn’t start by letting bad green deals make us poorer

Published by Financial Post

After the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, the world will be spending trillions of dollars to get us back on track. Increasingly, campaigners and influential policymakers demand this spending be tied to climate goals. IMF chairwoman Kristalina Georgieva urges “We must do everything in our power to make it a green recovery,” and U.S. Democrats, the European Commission and many other countries are pushing ”Green New Deals.” These could cost us tens of trillions of dollars, and, unfortunately, will be one of the worst ways to help us recover.

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.

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