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23 May2019

Bjorn Lomborg: Fundamental World Problems Are In Better Shape Than Ever

Published by Steve Forbes What's Next

You’ll be hit by two big things: (1) Despite the nonstop stream of depressing news, the world is actually getting to be a better place—cleaner, more prosperous, less violent. (2) By pursuing commonsensical, cost-effective programs to battle the troubles still plaguing our planet, we can achieve a level of prosperity and quality of life for all that would have been deemed utterly unattainable only a few years ago. You’ll be heartened and inspired by much of what you hear in our absorbing conversation. You’ll also be angered by the way governments and other organizations are wasting hundreds of...

17 May2019

It’s Cheaper to Talk than to Cut Emissions

Published by Project Syndicate

Environmental protesters and politicians around the world are calling for countries to become carbon neutral by 2050, if not sooner. These proposals get a lot of attention, but they would incur far higher costs than almost any electorate is willing to pay.

22 Apr2019

UN ambassador can reset development agenda

Published by Boston Globe

America’s new United Nations ambassador, Kelly Craft, has an opportunity to help refocus global development efforts, using US clout to ensure every dollar spent does more to help people and the planet. Craft is taking her position at a pivotal time, four years after the ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, the development agenda up to the year 2030. With little more than one decade left, implementation desperately needs shaking up.

11 Apr2019

The World Bank Must Change Course

Published by Project Syndicate

The World Bank does a lot of important and effective work, especially in health and education, but its climate policies are poorly considered. The Bank’s new president, David Malpass, should refocus the institution on its core mission of eradicating poverty – including the energy poverty that wrecks so many lives.

24 Mar2019

Prioritise the prevention of domestic violence

Published by Hindustan Times

The impact of domestic violence is vast, with costs for victims and society at large. New evidence points to additions that could be made to policies, by any government, to help reduce this cost and turn the tide on violence. This comes from India Consensus, a collaboration between Tata Trusts and Copenhagen Consensus.

20 Mar2019

TB treatment: an investment on the future

Published by Deccan Herald

An election sharpens attention on how to ensure that the poorest in society benefit. As the next general election approaches, it is timely to focus attention on the challenge of Tuberculosis (TB) — a scourge affecting the poorest Indians the most — because its treatment is one of the most cost-effective transformative interventions that can be made. New research undertaken by India Consensus squarely places TB treatment among the top investments that India can make in order to help achieve the UN’s Global Goals.

15 Mar2019

The right way to deal with extreme weather

Published by New York Post

In setting out a plan to make Manhattan better prepared for extreme weather, Mayor Bill de Blasio is delivering a sorely needed message on climate change. Usually, when extreme weather like a hurricane hits, we hear the same old calls for drastic carbon cuts. Yet these are both ineffective and hopeless at helping victims of hurricanes.

15 Mar2019

Greta Thunberg, student protesters should demand better solutions to climate change

Published by USA Today

Around the world, thousands of children are striking for climate action. Spurred on by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, they want to convince adults to “panic.” The campaign is supported by adults who feel the same way: Thunberg has been welcomed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, has delivered a TedTalk, and has been lauded in Rolling Stone and The Guardian. Thunberg’s undeniable passion is directed at perhaps the only challenge in the world where a call for everyone to panic would be received with so little critical thought.

13 Mar2019

Overheating About Global Warming

Published by Project Syndicate

Across the rich world, school students have walked out of classrooms and taken to the streets to call for action against climate change. They are inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who blasts the media and political leaders for ignoring global warming and wants us to “panic.” A global day of action is planned for March 15. Although the students’ passion is admirable, their focus is misguided. This is largely the fault of adults, who must take responsibility for frightening children unnecessarily about climate change. It is little wonder that kids are scared when grown-...

9 Mar2019

e-Mandis can help ensure that the future for Indian farmers is far brighter than ever before

Published by Economic Times

With general elections looming, national parties are setting out their competing visions for boosting India’s economy. Much of this agenda includes increasing farmers’ incomes. The agricultural sector is vital, and it is clear that reforming agricultural markets and setting up electronic mandis (e-mandis) would make a significant difference. In a world-first effort to help India undertake the important work of prioritising programmes that achieve the most good, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog asked India Consensus to undertake a fast-track analysis looking at 100...

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