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Bjorn Lomborg

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10 Dec2018

Doing the most good for every Cedi spent

Published by The Graphic

The Ghanaian economy has been growing swiftly, with remarkable GDP growth higher than five per cent for two years running. This robust growth means added pressure from special interest groups who demand more public spending on certain projects. But like every country, Ghana lacks the money to do everything that citizens would like. It has to prioritise between many worthy opportunities. What if economic science and data could cut through the noise from interest groups, and help the allocation of additional money, to improve the budgeting process and ensure that each cedi can do even more for...

7 Dec2018

Focus on climate change draws resources best used elsewhere

Published by The Australian

Politicians are gathering in Poland for a climate summit being billed as the most important conference since the Paris treaty was signed in 2015. Around the world the chattering classes have declared that more political willpower is needed to solve global warming. This is deluded: it ignores the privileged place climate change has among all of humanity’s challenges and misses the real reasons for our failure. Across the past quarter-century climate change has received more attention — and generated more prophesies of doom — from political and religious leaders, celebrities and royalty than...

6 Dec2018

Another climate summit means more expensive, ineffective promises

Published by CAPX

The climate summit in Poland has been given a boost in recent weeks by well-timed climate change reports shaping the news agenda. But if we dig deeper than most of the media did, these reports demonstrate what is wrong with global warming policy discussion. The first report was by the United Nations’ panel of climate scientists, the IPCC. It was widely reported as urging the world to draconically cut emissions to keep temperature rises below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

28 Nov2018

The media got it all wrong on the new US climate report

Published by New York Post

Activists tend to exaggerate the impacts of climate change while underestimating the costs of tackling it. The reception to the new US climate assessment was instructive. The report largely attempts to remain soberly scientific, and follows the even more careful global report by the United Nations’ climate-science panel, known as the IPCC. Sadly, accurate science doesn’t make for good television; predicting the end of times does. Among many others, widely quoted climate scientist Michael Mann talked up the report to NPR and CNN, saying its predictions are already borne out in today’s “...

23 Nov2018

Ban the Beef?

Published by Project Syndicate

Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations official responsible for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, has a startling vision for restaurants of the future: anyone who wants a steak should be banished. “How about restaurants in 10-15 years start treating carnivores the same way that smokers are treated?” Figueres suggested during a recent conference. “If they want to eat meat, they can do it outside the restaurant.” In case you have missed this development: eating meat is fast becoming as repellant as smoking to many green campaigners. It is behavior to be discouraged or even banned.

14 Nov2018

Because hunger is increasing: Focus on top 19 SDG targets instead of thinly spreading funds among all 169

Published by Times of India

Three years have passed since world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 169 targets that must be reached to transform the planet. We are one-fifth of our way towards 2030, but miles behind on achieving the lofty goals to reduce poverty, increase prosperity, protect the planet and advance peace. There are worrying signs that the number of extremely poor people in the world – which has long been dropping – may stop falling and might even start rising. And after years of decline, hunger is increasing – with observers linking this to regional conflicts and climate...

1 Nov2018

Four crucial policy interventions to help Bangladesh grow

Published by Daily Star

With input from more than 400 experts from government, international organisations, scholars, and intellectuals, the Bangladesh Priorities project helped identify 76 investments that would help achieve the nation's goals under the 7th Five Year Plan. The wide-ranging work on prioritising public investment in Bangladesh ahead of the 7th Five Year Plan and the benefit-cost research findings were published in The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, as well as the London-based Economist. These were widely acclaimed by economists in the country, highly appreciated by the government, and contributed...

22 Oct2018

No, giving up burgers won’t actually save the planet

Published by New York Post

Abandoning meat is now the latest advice for saving the planet: A “major new study” suggests that a “huge reduction in meat-eating” is “ ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown,” as The Guardian puts it. This follows claims from the Humane Society that “your diet could save the planet” and the German Green Party’s proposal for a national weekly vegetarian day. Even the UN’s former top climate official believes “the best solution would be for us all to become vegetarians.” The science clearly shows that meat production — especially beef — emits methane and requires CO2-heavy inputs. But when we...

17 Oct2018

Adolescent mental health: pay attention

Published by Deccan Herald

Some 15 crore people in India are in need of mental health interventions and care, yet mental health is seldom part of the conversation on public priorities. Early intervention is particularly important: globally 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental health disorders, and three-quarters of all mental illnesses emerge by the mid-20s. Whilst the importance of physical health of adolescents, especially adolescent girls, has been gaining ground in recent years, mental health remains a neglected and often taboo area. Now, a research paper, containing the first-ever attempt to...

17 Oct2018

The “No-Growth” Prescription for Misery

Published by Project Syndicate

From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels. Their efforts herald a return to an earlier, thoroughly debunked form of alarmist environmentalism that is detached from reality and disdainful of billions of the world’s people. The campaigners claim we must stop economic growth because the planet is crossing environmental boundaries, and inequality between humans is increasing.

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