Bjorn Lomborg

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21 Oct2016

Zázrak volného obchodu

Published by Project Syndicate

Největší příležitost zlepšit během příští dekády a půl blahobyt lidí představuje globální volný obchod. V průběhu uplynulého čtvrtstoletí už pomohl vyzvednout z chudoby víc než miliardu lidí. Další snížení obchodních bariér by v nejchudších částech světa ještě během příštích 15 let mohlo zdvojnásobit průměrné příjmy. Ano, volný obchod má určité náklady, s nimiž je třeba se vypořádat; nad těmito náklady ale ohromně převažují přínosy. Přesto se dnes nálada v bohatých zemích otočila proti volnému obchodu. To je tragédie.

19 Oct2016

The Organic Food Myth

Published by 6PR

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg speaks with Adam Shand of 6PR Drive to discuss why it is so important to set smart development priorities and the myth around organic foods.

16 Oct2016

Debate on poverty eradication

Published by The Daily Star

The project 'Bangladesh Priorities' set out to have a conversation on what is best for Bangladesh. In that spirit, I welcome the commentary from Nick Beresford of UNDP Bangladesh on September 29. His concerns merit a considered response. Copenhagen Consensus and partner BRAC worked closely with more than 30 academics from Bangladesh and abroad – from Dhaka University to Yale – to examine 76 investments and interventions including TB treatment, supplements in pregnancy, delaying child marriage with education, and different kinds of cash transfers. More than thirty peer-...

15 Oct2016

Take those organic food claims with a grain of salt

Published by The Australian

With more than 17 million hectares devoted to growing certified organic produce — more than any other nation — Australia is a “green food” economic powerhouse. There’s big money being made in organic dairy, fruit, vegetables and processed foods. Australian organics exports more than doubled in value between 2012 and 2014, and the entire industry is worth more than $1.7 billion. On the surface, it seems like the whole planet gains from this enterprise: organic farming, we assume, is better for consumer health, animals and the planet. As with many assumptions, this...

15 Oct2016

Wielka Brytania ma teraz swobodę szczelinowania i obniżenia rachunków za energię

Published by isty z naszego sadu

W tym tygodniu szalała debata o tym, czy umowa o budowie nowej elektrowni atomowej w Hinkley Point jest dobra. Jest jednak inny żywotny element polityki energetycznej, o którym się nie mówi. Bowiem jedną z kluczowych korzyści opuszczenia Unii Europejskiej jest to, że Wielka Brytania nie będzie już musiała podporządkować się nadmiernie restrykcyjnym regulacjom wydobywania gazu łupkowego lub szczelinowania, co ma potencjał radykalnego przekształcenia rynku energetycznego.

14 Oct2016

About Those Non-Disappearing Pacific Islands

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Once a year or so, journalists from major news outlets travel to the Marshall Islands, a remote chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, to report in panicked tones that the island nation is vanishing because of climate change. Their dispatches are often filled with raw emotion and suggest that residents are fleeing atolls swiftly sinking into the sea. Yet new research shows that this is not the entire—or even an accurate—picture. Acknowledging this doesn’t mean that global warming isn’t real, or that world leaders and scientists shouldn’t...

11 Oct2016

Sustainable Development Goals – Are There too Many?

Published by BBC More or Less

It is now a year since the UN set its new Sustainable Development Goals to try to make the world a better place. They include 17 goals and a massive 169 targets on subjects like disease, education and governance. But some people like Bjorn Lomborg are saying that there are just too many and they are too broad, and left like that will never achieve anything. Is he right? Is there a better way to make the world better and stop some countries lagging behind?

11 Oct2016

The crime of Greenpeace

Published by La Tercera

¿ESTÁ COMETIENDO Greenpeace un crimen contra la humanidad? Una carta de 113 premios Nobel lo sugiere. En ella, los laureados instan al grupo ecologista a abandonar su campaña contra los alimentos genéticamente modificados, especialmente contra el conocido como “arroz dorado”, que podría ayudar a evitar millones de muertes en países en vías de desarrollo. Al referirse a los alimentos producidos a partir de un Organismo Genéticamente Modificado (OGM) como frankenfood (comida Frankenstein), los activistas han conseguido un término brillante y ciertamente alarmista, que ha sido...

7 Oct2016

Congratulations to President Juan Manuel Santos for winning the Nobel Peace Prize!

I had the privilege of meeting the President of Colombia to discuss priorities for the implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, last year. We had an excellent discussion about how to make the world a better place as well as achieving the most good for Colombia specifically. It is an honor that President Santos has repeatedly recommended the work of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, arguing that "Copenhagen Consensus is a foundation of great international prestige that sponsors many investigations into how to make the best investments to help humanity, protect the...

29 Sep2016

Counterpoint: If solar and wind are competitive, why all the aid?

Published by Star Tribune

In “Solar and wind are viable, not just ‘feel-good’ climate solutions” (Sept. 27), Jim Davidson made a Counterpoint to my recent arguments about green energy (“Feel-good solutions won’t solve climate change,” Sept. 22). Davidson supports my championing of spending $100 billion a year on green energy R&D. He suggests that this is a new position. But I have in fact advocated it consistently for a decade, including in a front-page article in the British newspaper The Guardian in 2010...