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14 Nov2018

Because hunger is increasing: Focus on top 19 SDG targets instead of thinly spreading funds among all 169

Published by Times of India

Three years have passed since world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 169 targets that must be reached to transform the planet. We are one-fifth of our way towards 2030, but miles behind on achieving the lofty goals to reduce poverty, increase prosperity, protect the planet and advance peace. There are worrying signs that the number of extremely poor people in the world – which has long been dropping – may stop falling and might even start rising. And after years of decline, hunger is increasing – with observers linking this to regional conflicts and climate...

1 Nov2018

Four crucial policy interventions to help Bangladesh grow

Published by Daily Star

With input from more than 400 experts from government, international organisations, scholars, and intellectuals, the Bangladesh Priorities project helped identify 76 investments that would help achieve the nation's goals under the 7th Five Year Plan. The wide-ranging work on prioritising public investment in Bangladesh ahead of the 7th Five Year Plan and the benefit-cost research findings were published in The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, as well as the London-based Economist. These were widely acclaimed by economists in the country, highly appreciated by the government, and contributed...

31 Oct2018

Global warming: 'Paris agreement will leave 99% of the problem unsolved'

Published by France24

In a TV interview with France24, Lomborg explains why the Paris climate agreement is a highly costly treaty that will change little.

24 Oct2018

Will eating less meat save the planet?

Published by FOX Business

Abandoning meat is now the latest advice for saving the planet, with some claiming that a huge reduction in meat-eating is "essential to avoid climate breakdown.” Lomborg discussed this subject on the FOX Business show Varney & Co.

22 Oct2018

No, giving up burgers won’t actually save the planet

Published by New York Post

Abandoning meat is now the latest advice for saving the planet: A “major new study” suggests that a “huge reduction in meat-eating” is “ ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown,” as The Guardian puts it. This follows claims from the Humane Society that “your diet could save the planet” and the German Green Party’s proposal for a national weekly vegetarian day. Even the UN’s former top climate official believes “the best solution would be for us all to become vegetarians.” The science clearly shows that meat production — especially beef — emits methane and requires CO2-heavy inputs. But when we...

17 Oct2018

Adolescent mental health: pay attention

Published by Deccan Herald

Some 15 crore people in India are in need of mental health interventions and care, yet mental health is seldom part of the conversation on public priorities. Early intervention is particularly important: globally 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental health disorders, and three-quarters of all mental illnesses emerge by the mid-20s. Whilst the importance of physical health of adolescents, especially adolescent girls, has been gaining ground in recent years, mental health remains a neglected and often taboo area. Now, a research paper, containing the first-ever attempt to...

17 Oct2018

The “No-Growth” Prescription for Misery

Published by Project Syndicate

From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels. Their efforts herald a return to an earlier, thoroughly debunked form of alarmist environmentalism that is detached from reality and disdainful of billions of the world’s people. The campaigners claim we must stop economic growth because the planet is crossing environmental boundaries, and inequality between humans is increasing.

14 Oct2018

Fight Tuberculosis Not Climate Change To Save Lives

Published by The Australian

Global leaders recently swept into New York for the United Nations General Assembly, trailed by thousands of media, activists and protestors. During the high-level get-together, two very different meetings held at the exactly same time revealed much about their priorities—and their flawed approach to the planet’s biggest problems. At a glittering gala event, the heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Google, and the world's largest asset manager BlackRock joined leaders from Denmark, France, New Zealand and beyond to pledge support for the acceleration of the implementation of...

13 Oct2018

Climate Change: The Final Call?

Published by BBC Scotland

Scientists are describing it as the final call: the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change report earlier this week predicted that global temperatures were set to rise to 3 degrees above pre-industrial levels - the IPCC says urgent and drastic action is imperative to keep the rise at one and a half degrees or less. George Monbiot the Environmental campaigner and Guardian columnist and Bjorn Lomborg who is the director of the environmental think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Centre discuss how should we approach...

10 Oct2018

Don't panic over U.N. climate change report

Published by USA Today

The new United Nations report is being talked about as though it portends the end of the world: To avoid catastrophe, we must instantly transform the entire economy no matter the costs. This is unjustified. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its latest major global analysis, estimated that the total impact of unmitigated climate change from extreme weather, changes in agriculture, rising sea levels and so on would be equivalent to reducing the average person’s income by between 0.2 and 2 percent in the 2070s.

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