Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

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

18 Jul2019

The Nutrition Challenge

Published by Project Syndicate

t’s easy to think of starvation as a challenge that entered the rich world’s consciousness in the 1980s and was largely solved through charity rock concerts. True, the world has made huge progress in combating mass starvation over the past 30 years, largely as a result of improved agricultural practices. Yet, globally, food deprivation still claims a child’s life every three seconds. A new report from the United Nations warns that the number of hungry people worldwide increased for a third consecutive year in 2018, and now exceeds 820 million. And some two billion people – over one-quarter of...

14 Jul2019

Das BIP spielt doch eine Rolle: Warum der Indikator wichtig ist

Published by Euro am Sonntag

Neuseeland wird dafür gelobt, als erstes Land der Welt einen "Haushalt des Wohlergehens" eingeführt zu haben, mit dem der Schwerpunkt weg vom BIP hin zum "Wohlergehen der Menschen" gelegt werden soll. Diejenigen, die etwas gegen den BIP-Indikator haben - insbesondere Grüne, die Wirtschaftswachstum für die Umweltverschmutzung verantwortlich machen -, sehen dies als neue Möglichkeit, um aufzuhören, Geld hinterherzujagen, und anzufangen, sich um die Menschen zu kümmern.

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...

10 Jul2019

Es gibt wichtigere Sorgen

Published by Die Weltwoche

Dieses Jahr werden nach Angaben der Internationalen Energieagentur weltweit 162 Milliarden Dollar in erneuerbare Energien gesteckt. Es werden also ineffiziente Industrien subventioniert und private Hauseigentümer finanziell gefördert, damit sie Solaranlagen installieren. Darüber hinaus wird uns das Pariser Klimaabkommen bis 2030 jährlich 1 Billion Dollar oder mehr kosten.

8 Jul2019

Caldo, freddo e le strategie energetiche da adottare

Published by Il Sole 24 Ore

Un'ondata di caldo estremo si è abbattuta sull'Europa e si prepara a mietere vittime. Come accaduto di recente in India, le temperature estreme vengono strumentalizzate al fine di richiedere politiche ambientali più incisive.

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.

3 Jul2019

Grön energi är svaret på klimatfrågorna

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Extremvärmen har drabbat Europa och tragiskt nog kostat människoliv, något som nu blivit ett argument för mer kraftfull klimatpolitik. Tyvärr är det fel väg att gå – och det kan leda till fler dödsfall totalt sett.