Bjorn Lomborg

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6 Jul2017

Why Trump shouldn’t slash R&D funding

Published by The Boston Globe

President Trump recently hosted “Technology Week” at the White House, focusing on “modernizing government technology and stimulating the technology sector.” Behind this string of photo-ops is the unfortunate reality that Trump’s 2018 budget request has proposed the steepest funding cuts for federal research and development in US history. The proposed budget would reduce funding for the Agricultural Research Service in the Department of Agriculture by 26 percent, which would lead to the closure of 17 research centers.

3 Jul2017

Helping Haitian Children When It Matters the Most

Published by The Huffington Post

When a child is born, a clock starts ticking. Scientists have shown that half of a child’s intelligence potential is developed by the age of four. Early development makes a huge difference to life-long wellbeing. It is little surprise that distinguished economists who studied responses to Haitian challenges have focused attention on powerful investments that target children in infancy and in the womb. Haïti Priorise is a research project funded by the Government of Canada that has worked with more than 700 sector experts representing government, donors, think-tanks, universities and NGOs, and...

2 Jul2017

Un imperativo moral y económico, por Bjorn Lomborg

Published by El Comercio

"Gastar dinero para mejorar la nutrición es una inversión fenomenal en todo el mundo, porque la nutrición temprana, que tiene un bajo costo, puede dar beneficios sustanciales para toda la vida". Tanto los niños como los adultos necesitan una dieta de alta calidad, pero alimentar a los niños pequeños hace una gran diferencia para toda su vida. Los primeros 1.000 días de la vida de un niño –desde la concepción hasta los 2 años– son vitales para un desarrollo adecuado.

27 Jun2017

Reducing Domestic Violence Helps All Of Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

Domestic violence is a human rights issue, a public health issue and an economic development issue. In Haiti, evidence from confidential surveys suggests that domestic violence is a serious problem: it appears that around 273,200 women suffer from severe physical and/or sexual violence per year. This adds up to 9.4 percent of the population of 14- to 49-year-old women. Domestic violence has considerable consequences. It not only causes pain and suffering for the victims but creates costs for society. Victims are more likely to commit suicide, have more unwanted pregnancies, are less likely to...

22 Jun2017

Czy bogatym mieszkańcom północy brakuje wiedzy i zrozumienia biednych tego świata?

Published by Listy z naszego sadu

Premier Szwecji Stefan Löfven spotyka w tym tygodniu w Bergen swoich kolegów premierów Danii, Norwegii, Islandii i Finlandii, żeby przedstawić wspólne stanowisko wobec celów rozwojowych ONZ (Sustainable Development Goals - SDG). Niestety, szefowie rządów mają pomieszane priorytety. Chociaż na te inicjatywę przeznaczono na początek zaledwie 97 milionów koron, obecność wszystkich pieciu premierów pokazuje, jaką wagę Szwecja, Dania, Finlandia, Islandia i Norwegia przypisują tym ”Nordyckim rozwiązaniom globalnych wyzwań”. Mają wspierać ”nordycką wiedzę o zielonym przekształceniu, równość płci na...

20 Jun2017

Почему Парижское соглашение по климату было обречено и до Трампа

Published by Bird in Flight

Как и Киотский протокол, чрезмерно раздутое по своему значению Парижское соглашение пало жертвой политической и экономической реальности. Теперь, когда президент Дональд Трамп официально вывел Соединенные Штаты из договора, пришло время объявить, что весь киото-парижский подход к глобальному потеплению провалился и должен быть похоронен. Вместо того чтобы ссориться над трупом соглашения, лучше воспользоваться возможностью опробовать новый, более эффективный подход к решению проблемы.

20 Jun2017

Trump y París: oportunidad para cambiar el enfoque

Published by Semana Sostenible

Más que una bravuconada de los líderes mundiales, el planeta necesita un compromiso con la investigación y el desarrollo de la energía verde. Horas antes de que Donald Trump anunciara que Estados Unidos abandonaría el tratado de reducción de emisiones de carbono firmado en París, el secretario general de la ONU, António Guterres, se sumó a Twitter para declarar que la acción climática es “imparable”. El mensaje claro, reforzado por los líderes de la Unión Europea y China, es que el resto del mundo continuará con el Acuerdo de París sin la participación de los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, su...

16 Jun2017

Paris is Not the Solution

Published by Project Syndicate

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement leaves the US without a global warming policy. That is alarming. But the world’s response – to double down on the pact in opposition to Trump – should also cause concern. There have been two conflicting responses to Trump’s decision – often heard from the very same person. On one hand, we are told that the move imperils the planet. Former US Vice President Al Gore says that Trump is damaging “humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis.” Business leader Tom Steyer says the Paris accord is “essential...

16 Jun2017

The Charade of the Paris Treaty

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Environmentalists were aghast when President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate treaty, with some declaring that the very survival of our civilization was at stake. But is the Paris accord really all that stands between the planet and the worst of climate change? Certainly not. This is not to deny that President Trump’s announcement was problematic. He failed to acknowledge that global warming is real and wrongly claimed that China and India are the “world’s leading polluters.”

14 Jun2017

Water and Sanitation Services: Rural or Urban Haiti First?

Published by The Huffington Post

Low coverage rates for clean water and sanitation leave Haiti exposed to significant health burdens. According to the latest estimates, 72% of Haiti’s population lack access to improved sanitation facilities and use either shared facilities, other improved facilities, or defecate in the open. In urban areas, 66% of the population lacks access to improved facilities while in rural areas, 81% of the total population lacks access to improved facilities. Between 2,000 and 4,500 people die each year from diarrheal disease. And the lack of basic water and sanitation services has contributed to the...