Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

18 Sep2018

New evidence highlights huge gains from cheap policy: What Rajasthan and Andhra must do to curb child malnutrition

Published by Times of India

Proper early nutrition can spectacularly change the entire life trajectory of a child. We know from long-term studies that it promotes brain development, making the child do better in school, and much better later in life, affecting everything from the happiness of marriages to the quality of jobs, and up to 60% more earnings. The government has made significant progress in reducing child malnutrition, but with nearly half of all deaths of children aged under five mainly caused by poor diet, much still needs to be done.

12 Sep2018

Klimamål er tomme floskler – og ingen lever op til dem

Published by Kristeligt Dagblad

Mens politikere elsker retorik om at redde planeten, er der meget få, der er villige til rent faktisk at implementere politikker, der ville resultere i meningsfulde temperatursænkninger. Hvorfor? Fordi omkostningerne ved dette er høje, og fordelene er meget små

26 Aug2018

Lomborg: To scenarier for verdensmålene i 2030

Published by Mandag Morgen

De bæredygtige udviklingsmål har vakt stor begejstring, og med målene er der opstillet en ambitiøs vision for 2030. Men hvordan vil verden i virkeligheden se ud, når vi kommer til 2030? En ting, vi ved næsten med sikkerhed, er, at verden vil være meget mere velstående – ikke på grund af udviklingsmålene som sådan, men på grund af menneskets snilde og fremskridt.

26 Aug2018

How the war on climate change slams the world’s poor

Published by New York Post

When a “solution” to a problem causes more damage than the problem, policymaking has gone awry. That’s where we often find ourselves with global warming today. Activist organizations like Worldwatch argue that higher temperatures will make more people hungry, so drastic carbon cuts are needed. But a comprehensive new study published in Nature Climate Change led by researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis has found that strong global climate action would cause far more hunger and food insecurity than climate change itself.

25 Aug2018

El peligro de creer en las fórmulas milagrosas

Published by El Tiempo

Algunas políticas parecen ser tan altruistas que es casi imposible imaginar cualquier objeción a las mismas. Por ejemplo, prestar pequeñas cantidades de dinero o perdonar deudas para ayudar a los extremadamente pobres parecen abordajes totalmente razonables. Sin embargo, el escrutinio de los mismos revela que estas políticas bien intencionadas son erróneas.

24 Aug2018

Hledejme levnou zelenou energii

Published by Hospodarske noviny

Politický jazyk, jenž se dotýká klimatických změn, se vyznačuje odvážnými sliby, jež nikdy nebudou splněny, a smělými cíli, kterých nelze dosáhnout. I proto je pozoruhodné přiznání bývalého australského premiéra Tonyho Abbotta, že by nikdy nepodepsal Pařížskou dohodu, kdyby v roce 2015 věděl, že se z ní Spojené státy stáhnou a že snaha o dosažení národních cílů poškodí australskou ekonomiku.

16 Aug2018

A Better World Is Here

Published by Project Syndicate

It’s very easy to form the view that the modern world is coming apart. We are constantly confronted with an onslaught of negativity: frightening headlines, alarming research findings, and miserable statistics. There are indeed many things on the planet that we should be greatly concerned about. But fixating on horror stories means that we miss the bigger picture. The United Nations focuses on three categories of development: social, economic, and environmental. In each category, looking back over the last quarter-century, we have far more reason for cheer than fear. Indeed, this period has...

1 Aug2018

Improving state finances by reducing power losses

Published by Mint

Inadequate and poor-quality power supply means frequent interruptions, poor voltage levels, and dissatisfied consumers across much of the country. Adding up all the losses in the system—including the losses due to energy dissipated in conductors, transformers and other equipment, along with pilferage by those who bypass meters, and losses from failure to recover the amount billed to consumers—India’s total energy losses came to 24% in 2015-16, significantly more than international norms. This, however, is an improvement on 2003-04 when the losses were 38%. Progress was made because of...

22 Jul2018

Que políticas de combate à pobreza funcionam?

Published by Jornal de Negocios

Algumas políticas parecem tão altruístas que é quase impossível imaginar qualquer objecção a elas. Por exemplo, emprestar pequenas quantias de dinheiro ou anular dívidas para ajudar os mais pobres são medidas tidas como benéficas, e ambas as abordagens parecem inteiramente sensatas. No entanto, um escrutínio mais tento revela que essas políticas bem-intencionadas estão equivocadas.