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23 Nov2018

Ban the Beef?

Published by Project Syndicate

Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations official responsible for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, has a startling vision for restaurants of the future: anyone who wants a steak should be banished. “How about restaurants in 10-15 years start treating carnivores the same way that smokers are treated?” Figueres suggested during a recent conference. “If they want to eat meat, they can do it outside the restaurant.” In case you have missed this development: eating meat is fast becoming as repellant as smoking to many green campaigners. It is behavior to be discouraged or even banned.

18 Nov2018

Zrezygnowanie z hamburgerów nie uratuje planety

Published by Listy z naszego sadu

Zrezygnowanie z jedzenia mięsa to jest najnowsza rada na ratowanie planety: „nowe, duże badanie” twierdzi, że „olbrzymia redukcja w konsumpcji mięsa” jest „niezbędna, by uniknąć załamania się klimatu”, jak to ujmuje „Guardian”. Było to po twierdzeniach Humane Society, że ”twoja dieta może uratować planetę” i propozycji niemieckiej Partii Zielonych ustanowienia narodowego dnia wegetarianizmu. Także były dygnitarz ONZ ds. klimatu wierzy, że „najlepszym rozwiązaniem dla nas wszystkich byłoby zostanie wegetarianami”.

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...

12 Nov2018

Renunciar a comer carne

Published by Perfil

Dejar de comer carne es ahora el último consejo para salvar el planeta. Un “nuevo e importante estudio” sugiere que una “gran reducción en el consumo de carne” es “esencial” para evitar la degradación del clima”, como lo expresa The Guardian. Esto es consecuencia de las afirmaciones de la Humane Society de que “su dieta podría salvar el planeta” y de la propuesta del Partido Verde alemán de un día nacional vegetariano semanal. Incluso el ex alto funcionario de la ONU sobre el clima cree que “la mejor solución sería que todos nos volviéramos (Fuente www.perfil.com). El periodismo profesional...

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.

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