Bjorn Lomborg

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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.

22 Jul2018

La dictadura verde no es la respuesta al cambio climático

Published by El Nuevo Siglo

Hace 46 años, el profesor Jørgen Randers fue coautor de “Limits to Growth”, y asustó a una generación haciéndole creer el mito de que el planeta estaba a punto de quedarse sin recursos. A pesar de haber sido totalmente derrotado, el pronóstico del profesor Randers sigue siendo igual de sombrío, pero ahora lo que teme no es la contaminación, sino el cambio climático. Sostiene que “la democracia debe ser suspendida para resolver la crisis climática” y que solo una dictadura introducirá lo que cree que son las políticas correctas y costosas.

18 Jul2018

Let There Be More Than Light

Published by Project Syndicate

For the well-off in both rich and poor countries around the world, lives are enriched by plentiful access to energy that provides light, fresh food, and clean water, and that powers technology and allows the ability to control the temperature. Abundant energy provides the same life-transforming labor as hundreds of servants: Without a refrigerator, we would need to locate fresh food daily, store shelves would be half-empty, and a lot of food would go bad before we could eat it – one reason why, in 1930, stomach cancer was the leading cancer in the United States. Without synthetic fertilizer,...

17 Jul2018

Early childhood is when education makes the biggest difference, calling for quality preschool programmes

Published by Times of India

Early childhood programmes have long been shown to create improvements that last a lifetime. Whether by instilling good habits or by encouraging a passion for learning, early exposure to learning cuts drop-out rates in later schooling, and generates measurable improvements to the productivity and income of adults. The Integrated Child Development Scheme, initiated in 1975 on a pilot basis, has now grown to include 1.3 million Anganwadi centres across the country – one of the largest initiatives of its kind in the world for children under the age of six. But the big challenge for India is to...

19 Jun2018

As crianças provocam aquecimento global?

Published by Jornal de Negocios

Em todas as culturas, ter um filho é considerado uma das coisas mais gratificantes que uma pessoa pode fazer na vida. No entanto, um coro de activistas, cientistas e jornalistas sugere que toda a gente deve pensar duas vezes antes de procriar. A emissora pública de rádio dos Estados Unidos, a NPR, pergunta: "Deveríamos ter filhos na era das alterações climáticas?

19 Jun2018

Which Anti-Poverty Policies Work?

Published by Project Syndicate

Some policies seem so altruistic that it is almost impossible to imagine any objection to them. For example, lending small amounts of money or writing off debts to help the extreme poor are intended to help the most vulnerable, and both approaches seem entirely sensible. However, scrutiny reveals these well-intentioned policies to be misguided. Around a decade ago, NGOs, international organizations, and philanthropists trumpeted microcredit as a silver bullet that would end extreme poverty. The United Nations designated 2005 as the International Year of Microcredit, and when the Nobel Peace...

16 Jun2018

The cost of easing access to electricity

Published by The Financial Express

Access to electricity is critical for a modern economy, and a key driver of social and economic development. Lighting, health, education, productivity, labour participation, enterprise development and income generation, all improve when households are provided with access. In India, rural areas had electrification rates of 74% compared to 97% in urban areas in 2016. The Union Government of India has launched several programmes to close gaps in electricity access, such as the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, and most recently, the Saubhagya...