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A Report Card for Humanity: 1900-2050
Published by The Atlantic
2014-01-08 Will we be living better in 2050 than our predecessors did in 1900? The discussion over the state of the world, and whether things are getting better or worse, is not new. Scientists and philosophers have debated the topic for centuries. From Malthus to The Limits to Growth, pessimists have built their case for a future blighted by overpopulation, starvation, and depleted resources as optimists have tried to assure them that everything would be OK.
Lomborg gives keynote speech to UN
Published by United Nations
2013-12-13 Before the UN sets the new Millennium Development Goals in 2015, it is essential to weigh the proposed targets by their cost-benefit ratio. In an ideal world, we would tackle all global problems, but unfortunately our funds are limited. That's why we have to make sure we get the biggest bang for our buck. Lomborg was invited to deliver a keynote speech to the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals on December 13. See his presentation below.
The Power to Develop
Published by Project Syndicate
2013-12-12 Trade-offs are an inherent part of life. We all recognize this from our private budgets. To fix the roof, we may have to accept a less extravagant summer vacation. When we pick a cheaper wine, we can splurge on dessert. Trade-offs also pervade environmental policy: Cutting more of one pollutant, for example, leaves fewer resources to address other issues. For example, coal is phenomenally polluting, but it also provides for cheap and reliable power, which drives development.
The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels
Published by New York Times
2013-12-04 THERE’S a lot of hand-wringing about our warming planet, but billions of people face a more immediate problem: They are desperately poor, and many cook and heat their homes using open fires or leaky stoves that burn dirty fuels like wood, dung, crop waste and coal. About 3.5 million of them die prematurely each year as a result of breathing the polluted air inside their homes — about 200,000 more than the number who die prematurely each year from breathing polluted air outside, according to a study by the World Health Organization. (...)