Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

20 Dec2017

A Climate Cure Worse than the Disease

Published by Project Syndicate

Two years after the Paris climate agreement was signed, the French capital this month again attracted the world’s good and great, who gathered for President Emmanuel Macron’s One Planet Summit. In turns blasting US President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Paris accord and telling each other that it remains on track, politicians formed a self-congratulatory huddle with celebrity campaigners and business leaders. We should treat such smug bonhomie with caution. Goodwill isn’t enough to stop climate change, and history is littered with well-meaning policies that turned out to be unhelpful...

12 Dec2017

Innovation needed to fight climate change

Published by China Daily

The follow-up meeting to the 2015 Paris climate accord on Dec 12 will be slightly less impressive than the original. Having dumped the Paris Agreement, US President Donald Trump is going to skip, and China and India are sending ministers instead of their leaders. But we will hear the same defiance coming from Paris as we have heard for the past two years: the Paris Agreement will continue, even without the US. That seems hardly the point, though. The Paris Agreement is supposed to respond to global warming-and its ability to do so has always been overstated. Despite claims it will keep...

1 Dec2017

Watch out for flawed arguments about climate change and hurricanes

Published by Chicago Sun Times

In the wake of Harvey, Irma and Maria, there is intense pressure to use hurricanes to galvanize support toward carbon emissions cuts. This is unfortunate. The pundits have convinced more than half of Americans of something that is factually wrong. Hurricane Harvey had no sooner struck in August of this year than the pundits jumped in: A Politico commentator wrote, “We knew this would happen, decades ago.” Joe Romm at ThinkProgress warned ominously, “Harvey is exactly the kind of off-the-charts hurricane we can expect to see more often because of climate change.”

29 Nov2017

Klimaplaner spænder vognen for hesten

Published by Jyllands-Posten

Den amerikanske præsident Trumps beslutning om at trække landet ud af Paris-aftalen medførte en resolut reaktion fra andre verdensledere: Aftalen ville fortsætte uden USA. Men truslen mod klimasucces kommer ikke blot fra, at Trumps Hvide Hus ignorerer klimaændringer. Den kommer også fra de ledere, der stadig er med i Paris-aftalen, som nægter at se i øjnene, at de støtter en fejlslagen politik. Paris-aftalens værdi har altid været overdrevet. På trods af retorik om at holde temperaturstigninger på 2 eller endda 1,5 grader celsius anslår FN’s organ, der står for traktaten, at hvis hvert eneste...

22 Nov2017

The R&D Road to Development

Published by Project Syndicate

When famine strikes, governments and international donors step in with life-saving aid. And rich countries give more than $130 billion each year not only to feed the starving, but also to build crucial infrastructure and reduce gaps in access to education, health care, and clean water and sanitation worldwide. All of this is vitally important. But one of the most powerful investments the development community could make is not in today’s problems, but in research that will address tomorrow’s challenges. A dollar spent on research and development has been shown consistently to deliver some of...

21 Nov2017

Development talks - Fighting poverty in the most effective way

Published by Sida Sverige

"In 2017, Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete will spend around 20 billion SEK on aid, with the mission to reduce poverty and help people to improve their lives. Different kinds of interventions are funded to reach this goal, but how do we know that poverty is being fought in the most effective way? What drives the decisions leading up to what to prioritize, and how can we ensure more "bang for the buck"?" This the was the topic of a talk given by Bjorn Lomborg for Sida in November or 2017.

18 Nov2017

Sluta beröm politiker som lovar sånt som 1,5 grader

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Politiker bör inte applåderas för att de säger sådant som låter trevligt, utan när de är beredda att genomdriva politik som har riktig effekt. Statsvetaren Bjørn Lomborg i Elvakaffet om hur man hjälper regeringar att få ut mest effekt för pengarna, det problematiska med orealistiska mål, om kritiken han får från sina motståndare och varför världen tveklöst kommer att vara en bättre plats om 20 år. Om gästen: Bjørn Lomborg är forskare, författare och grundare och chef för tankesmedjan Copenhagen Consensus Center. Han är också gästprofessor på handelshögskolan i Köpenhamn. Copenhagen Consensus...

13 Nov2017

Teraz nawet akceptujących zmianę klimatu nazywa się “negacjonistami

Published by Liszty z naszego sadu

Al Gore wdał się niedawno w wiele mówiącą sprzeczkę z dziennikarzem. Ross Clark ze „Spectatora” chciał spytać go o podnoszenie się poziomu wód morza w Miami, sugerowane w jego nowym filmie “An Inconvenient Sequel”. Dziennikarz zaczął wyjaśniać, że konsultował się z specjalistą w kwestii poziomu morza z Florida International University, Shimonem Wdowinskim. Gore odpowiedział: “Nigdy o nim nie słyszałem – czy jest negacjonistą?” A potem zapytał dziennikarza: „Czy pan jest negacjonistą?” Kiedy Clark odpowiedział, że jest pewien, że zmiana klimatu jest problemem, ale nie wie, jak dużym, Gore...

9 Nov2017

I costi, non solo sociali, della sottomissione femminile

Published by Il Sole 24 Ore

Nella lotteria della vita, nascere femmina in un Paese povero ti pone in una condizione di doppio svantaggio. Nei Paesi poveri le donne sono il gruppo demografico che presenta la maggiore incidenza globale di povertà, oltre alle peggiori condizioni di salute, il minor accesso all’istruzione e la più alta probabilità di essere vittime di violenza. La disuguaglianza di genere – sotto forma di esclusione dal lavoro e salari più bassi – costa al mondo il 15,5% del Pil. Negare alle donne l’opportunità di sviluppare le proprie potenzialità, per le società significa rinunciare al loro contributo...

2 Nov2017

The Green Opportunity: Having our cake and eating it too

Published by National Post

The concept of trade-offs has become unfashionable. Politicians around the world like to pretend that their choices will bring us nothing but superlative benefits. Nowhere is this whitewashing more pervasive or accepted than in climate change. There is a prevalent, comforting notion that we can have our cake and eat it too: that cutting carbon need not involve financial sacrifice. We hear this rhetoric so often that we almost don’t notice it. In announcing plans to make the UK a global hub for “green finance,” the British minister of state for climate change and industry Claire Perry said, “...