Bjorn Lomborg

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25 Sep2018

The Global Cost of Domestic Violence

Published by Project Syndicate

Domestic violence costs the world 25 times more than war and terrorism, according to research conducted by James Fearon of Stanford University and Anke Hoeffler of Oxford University on behalf of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. By looking at different kinds of violence, Fearon and Hoeffler find that the global costs of conflict – including the economic toll of deaths from wars and terrorism, refugee-related outlays, and general pecuniary damage – add up to around 0.2% of global GDP each year.

24 Sep2018

The moral and economic case for action to end tuberculosis

Published by The Globe and Mail

This week, heads of state will gather at the United Nations for their first-ever meeting dedicated to ending tuberculosis as a public-health threat. This is expected to result in the adoption of an ambitious political statement. This high-level attention is long overdue, but there is a compelling moral and economic case for this to be matched by resources, which are currently sorely lacking. Over the past two centuries, tuberculosis has caused far more deaths than smallpox, malaria, the plague, influenza, cholera and AIDS combined. This year, the toll from TB surpasses that of HIV/AIDS,...

20 Sep2018

Políticas inteligentes contra el cambio climático

Published by Milenio

Cuando una “solución” a un problema causa más daño que el problema, el diseño de políticas ha fallado. Este es el lugar en el que nos encontramos a menudo respecto al calentamiento global.

19 Sep2018

No, global warming isn’t causing worse hurricanes

Published by New York Post

It’s human nature to assign blame for catastrophic events. In medieval times, witches were blamed for weather woes. Trials and burnings increased when weather got worse. In hurricane season today, many find a scapegoat in global warming. Pundits tell us “ignoring the science of climate change will hurt us” (Kristina Ball at NBC) and a Washington Post editorial declares the Trump administration complicit. It’s a familiar drumbeat, recognizable from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Sandy. For years, Al Gore and others emphasized the need to connect extreme weather to climate change to encourage...

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.