Bjorn Lomborg

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16 Jun2018

Burgeoning Indian cities need infrastructure development to keep pace with growth

Published by The Economic Times

Cities are, in many ways, the future of India. The number of metropolitan cities with a population higher than one million jumped from 35 in 2001 to 50 in 2011, and is expected to reach 87 by 2031. Today, 40 crore people call an Indian metropolis home. That will double by 2050. This swift growth places huge pressure on infrastructure. A March 2011 report by a high-powered expert committee chaired by Isher Judge Ahluwalia ( found that the duration of water supply in Indian.

13 Jun2018

Venstrefløjen er fanget af en lille caffelatte-elite, der bebrejder den fattige mor, at hun ikke køber bæredygtige fødevarer til sine børn

Published by Berlingske

Bjørn Lomborg tænkte, »det var satans«, mens han læste artiklen »The Doomslayer« - dommedagsudrydderen - i magasinet Wired i 1997. Han var grebet af historien om en økonom, der siden barndommen afskyede vedtagne sandheder og altid søgte fakta

12 Jun2018

Ali otroci povzročajo globalno segrevanje

Published by Vecer

V vseh kulturah velja vzgoja otroka za najbolj osrečujoče dejanje. Toda zbor aktivistov, znanstvenikov in novinarjev opozarja, da bi morali pred spočetjem otroka dobro razmisliti. Javna radijska postaja NPR iz ZDA se sprašuje, ali naj bi v času podnebnih sprememb sploh še imeli otroke? V časopisu The Nation želijo vedeti, kako se odločiš za otroka, ko podnebne spremembe spreminjajo življenje na Zemlji? The Guardian bralcem svetuje, naj se proti podnebnim spremembam bojujejo tako, da imajo manj otrok. New York Times pa opozarja, da je rojevanje otrok najslabše možno dejanje za okolje.

7 Jun2018

Falscher Feueralarm

Published by Basler Zeitung

Die diesjährigen 1.-August-Feiern verliefen ungewöhnlich still. Fast alle Kantone hatten ein Feuerwerkverbot verhängt. Grund war die ausserordentliche Trockenheit und die damit verbundene Gefahr, dass Raketen, Vulkane und Böllerschüsse Brände auslösen. Die Schweiz ist dieses Jahr bisher von Waldbränden verschont geblieben. Nicht so andere Länder: Besonders hart getroffen wurde Griechenland. Dort rollte im Juli eine Feuerwalze über ein Dorf und zerstörte es völlig.

3 Jun2018

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana: The arithmetics of housing for all

Published by The Economic Times

n 2014, GoI set out to improve housing conditions for the urban poor, and launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), a housing for all (HFA) by 2022 scheme. There are three possible paths to achieve this goal, some approaches stronger than others. Analysis by Amitabh Kundu of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, and Arjun Kumar of the Institute of Human Development (IHD), New Delhi ( and also prompt the broader question as to whether non-housing policies may better help the urban poor. The first approach examined is...

31 May2018

Why cancelling the LPG subsidy is a poor option

Published by Hindustan Times

Air pollution kills more than 16 lakh people in India every year — more than smoking, malnutrition or even a lack of water and sanitation. And while the toxic soup of outdoor air pollution over Delhi and many other cities rightly gets a lot of attention, indoor air pollution from household cooking and heating with biomass fuels kills almost as many, or about eight lakh people, every year. A majority of rural households continue to use biomass (such as wood and cow dung) as their primary cooking fuel. Various measures have promoted cooking with LPG, a significantly cleaner fossil fuel. An LPG...

30 May2018

Is loan waiver a panacea for rural distress?

Published by The Financial Express

On the eve of the Karnataka election, waivers of farm loans were one of the major election promises. Now, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy wants to fulfill his pre-poll promise and even threatened to resign if he cannot fulfill his promise. As has been seen time and time again, “farmers first” provides political mileage. With more than 55% of Indians earning their livelihood from the agricultural sector, it comes as no surprise that political parties like to place their bets on the farmers’ cause. However, the real benefit to the farmers won’t come from loan waivers. We studied responses to...

25 May2018

Poverty: The direct approach isn’t always best

Published by Mint

Sometimes in life, it is clear that the direct approach isn’t the best one. This is true in many areas, even when it comes to policymaking. Take, as an example, the area of extreme poverty. It seems logical, at first, that the most effective response should be head-on: giving money and assets to protect people from income shocks. In recent times, microcredit schemes have been presented as a panacea, attracting a lot of money around the world. However, a series of trials have shown that microcredit doesn’t do much good—often not even increasing average incomes, and burying the poor in debt.

25 May2018

Ease of doing business: Land record reforms ahoy!

Published by The Economic Times

Ensuring clear property titles can go a long way in making the land market more transparent and efficient. Completion of survey and resurvey activities, and digitisation of cadastral maps will cost about Rs 213 crore. However, this will have multiple benefits. Evidence shows that strengthening property rights reduces the risk of expropriation and corruption. It also improves the mechanisms for peaceful resolution of disputes and contract enforcement.

23 May2018

Abuso doméstico en el mundo

Published by Perfil

Los tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos han impulsado a las fuerzas de seguridad y a los medios de comunicación a buscar patrones comunes, y uno de ellos ha sido que un número inquietante de perpetradores han sido previamente acusados de abuso doméstico.