Bjorn Lomborg

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25 Mar2017

Earth Hour is bad for the poor

Published by USA Today

At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the U.S. and around the world, around one billion people are expected to switch off their lights for one hour as a political statement against climate change and fossil fuels, and in support of carbon cuts and renewable energy. This feel-good exercise not only does absolutely nothing for the planet, but it ignores the reality that what the world’s poorest need right now is more light and energy, much of which will be powered by fossil fuels, not darkness.

25 Mar2017

Dansk ekspert sviner verdensomspændende kampagne: Det er både nytteløst og hyklerisk

Published by Ekstra Bladet

Lørdag aften vil lyset blive slukket i flere storbyer verden over. Det sker i forbindelse med begivenheden 'Earth Hour', som årligt bliver arrangeret af WWF Verdensnaturfonden. De kalder begivenheden for 'verdens største klimakampagne', og budskabet er til at forstå: 'Sluk lyset mellem 20.30 og 21.30 og vær med til at sætte fokus på klimaet'. Flere steder verden over vil ikoniske bygninger og værker deltage i kampagnen. Det verdenskendte Eiffeltårn vil være mørklagt en time lørdag aften, og ligeså vil Kronborg.

23 Mar2017

Using Data to Find the Middle Ground

Published by Project Syndicate

A sad reality of this hyper-partisan, politicized era is that many policy proposals are immediately identified as either “left-wing” or “right-wing” and lauded and derided by partisans as if by rote, with little room for discussion about soundness or impact. But there is an alternative that could help us get past this political divisiveness: using data to help us focus on the policies and investments that would have the biggest positive impact on society. This may sound like an idealistic thought experiment dreamed up in an ivory tower, but data-driven policies are having a real-world impact...

22 Mar2017

Tough Choices to Improve Haiti’s Emergency Response Network

Published by The Huffington Post

Hundreds or even thousands of lives could be saved every year by improving the ambulance network, or by training paramedics and first aid volunteers, according to new research for Haiti Priorise. In Haiti in 2013 and 2014, more than half-a-million accidents and emergencies resulted in 9000 deaths. Fewer than two percent were attended by free ambulances. Improving the emergency response system is a challenge for many developing nations. Trauma patients are six-times more likely to die in low-income countries than in rich ones.

20 Mar2017

Eine hohe Rendite für die Menschheit

Published by Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Seit Anfang 2016 gelten die nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele der Vereinten Nationen. So ambitiös sie sind, so nutzenstiftend sind sie zugleich. Auch aus Anlegersicht sind sie interessant. Sicherlich lassen sich nicht alle Probleme auf der Welt mit Geld lösen, aber viele eben schon, oder zumindest lassen sie sich massgeblich lindern. Zu diesen zählen mehrheitlich jene, die von den Nachhaltigkeitszielen der Vereinten Nationen (UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG) adressiert werden. Konkret handelt es sich um siebzehn Ziele (vgl. Grafik), die von der Staatengemeinschaft vor anderthalb Jahren...

20 Mar2017

Tackling one-tenth of Haitian deaths and helping the environment

Published by The Huffington Post

It sounds almost too good to be true: a single development investment that tackles one of Haiti’s biggest death-tolls and at the same time combats deforestation and pollution. That is what one contribution to the Haiti Priorise project suggests. While some depictions show Haiti to be almost entirely deforested, recent work finds that up to one-third of land is covered in trees. In any case, having more trees can help Haiti, because it can prevent erosion, aid pollination, and improve water-flow.

17 Mar2017

From Feel-Good to High-Yield Good: How to Improve Philanthropy and Aid

Published by Long Now Foundation

Most aid and philanthropy decisions are made based on persuasive sounding narratives, and we relish taking part in those stories, even if the actual results are mixed. But the results of the most pragmatic approach, built on statistics and economic analysis rather than narrative, can be stunning. Bjorn Lomborg discusses as part of his talk for the Long Now Foundation.

15 Mar2017

E-Voting – improving the election process?

Published by The Huffington Post

The participation rate in Haitian elections is low. In last October’s election, less than one-quarter of eligible voters participated. The process is long and complex, leaving opportunities for error and fraud, while the costs of holding an election have climbed more than 400% in 25 years. With apparent broad public support, electronic voting has been suggested as one way of reducing the cost, cutting the opportunities for error and fraud, and re-establishing public trust.

6 Mar2017

Admitir lo que no sabemos resolver: los puntos ciegos del desarrollo

Published by Los Tiempos

¿Cuáles son los mayores problemas a los que se enfrenta la humanidad? En cualquier parte del mundo en donde hago esta pregunta, escucho respuestas bastante similares: la falta de educación y oportunidades, la pobreza, la desigualdad, la violencia y la guerra, la degradación ambiental. Pero estar de acuerdo en que existe un problema no es lo mismo que saber cómo solucionarlo. Cuando hablamos de gasto en desarrollo y de filantropía, es demasiado fácil malgastar el dinero —y perder oportunidades— porque esta importante distinción es ignorada.

3 Mar2017

If our foreign aid is to work, we have to stop throwing money around blindly

Published by The Telegraph

A new report by spending watchdog the National Audit Office has generated concern about UK foreign aid by revealing that allegations of fraud have risen more than four-fold in five years. Aid always has an element of risk, which agencies such as the Department for International Development (DfID) strive to keep to acceptable levels. But there is a broader problem globally with the way that development funds are allocated. Priorities are set based on a myriad of inputs, including a nation’s diplomatic, economic and even military objectives, and political reality. Things that look bad in...