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19 Feb2019

Faking It on Climate Change

Published by Project Syndicate

Around the world, ever more countries and regions are promising to stop emitting carbon dioxide sometime in the future. The European Union is winning plaudits from green activists for aiming to be “carbon neutral” by 2050. Cities from Adelaide to Boston to Rio de Janeiro are announcing similar goals, with Copenhagen saying it will get there already in 2025. Such promises should be greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism. Copenhagen, for example, will likely miss its target, even after spending twice the planned cost of going carbon neutral. In fact, we can learn a lot about the emptiness of...

31 Jan2019

We are missing the forest for the trees on free trade

Published by The Hill

As the U.S. and China are locked in a major trade dispute, the White House is renegotiating existing free-trade agreements to turn them into "managed trade" agreements, and the mood has turned against freer trade around the world. Yet, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel both made calls for more free trade and multilateralism.

27 Jan2019

What science could teach Ocasio-Cortez about climate change

Published by New York Post

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared last week that “the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” The freshly minted congresswoman skewered anyone who’d want to talk about the cost of global-warming policies, given the looming doomsday. Yes, her full remarks made it clear she only meant that the world would begin to end in 12 years if we don’t act. But she was still wildly wrong. Yet AOC was just saying what many people believe. Shallow, apocalyptic reporting on global warming has made us all panicky, more likely to embrace poor climate policies and less likely to...

19 Jan2019

Report’s sensational claim of ‘climate breakdown’ is catchy but untrue

Published by Australian

How much did climate change cost last year? One major charity says the answer is $US85 billion ($118bn). That claim was repeated by many newspapers — just as it was designed to — yet it is nonsense. In the final week of last year, large British-based charity Christian Aid released a report, Counting the Cost: A Year of Climate Breakdown, documenting the “huge costs of climate impacts”. The media shared the dramatic findings. But the charity, which receives money from the British and US governments and the European Commission and raised more than £100 million in 2017-18, is scaremongering.

16 Jan2019

Making Every Development Dollar Count

Published by Project Syndicate

In 2017, $146 billion was spent on aid and development. Even this large sum remains a fraction of what would be needed to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, despite the scarce resources, there is surprisingly little discussion about setting priorities in development spending. In international polls and on the world stage, developing countries are very clear about their priorities: improved healthcare and education, more and better jobs, less corruption, and solutions to nutritional challenges. Unfortunately, these areas are not necessarily where rich...

4 Jan2019

It's immoral to leave the world's poor in the dark

Published by Forbes

One of the most overlooked development success stories right now is that the population without access to electricity has fallen below 1 billion for the first time since records began. New data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that in 2017, 120 million people gained access to electricity, meaning more people today have access to electricity than ever before. India has electrified all its villages; in Indonesia, the electrification rate is 95%, up from 50% in 2000. Kenya’s access rate has increased from 8% in 2000 to 73%, and Ethiopia has lifted access from 5% to 45% in the...

22 Dec2018

El acceso a la energía en América Latina

Published by Milenio

Una de las historias de éxito en materia de desarrollo que más se pasa por alto en estos momentos es que la población sin acceso a la electricidad ha caído por debajo de los mil millones por primera vez desde que se iniciaron los registros. Nuevos datos de la Agencia Internacional de la Energía (AIE) muestran que en 2017, 120 millones de personas tuvieron acceso a la electricidad, un número nunca antes alcanzado. https://www.milenio.com/opinion/bjorn-lomborg/columna-bjorn-lomborg/el-acceso-a-la-energia-en-america-latina

20 Dec2018

La Agenda Mundial para el Desarrollo no va por buen camino

Published by El Universo

Han pasado tres años desde que los líderes mundiales adoptaron la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible con 169 objetivos que deben alcanzarse para transformar el planeta y aún estamos muy por detrás de lograr los nobles objetivos de reducir la pobreza, aumentar la prosperidad, proteger el planeta y promover la paz.

18 Dec2018

Truth is the First Casualty of Global Warming

Published by Project Syndicate

The latest global climate summit in Poland has generated familiar predictions of doom and disaster from environmental activists. Climate change seems to freeze our capacity for critical thinking: we are too eager to believe the problem is far worse than science shows, and – conversely – that our solutions are far easier than reality dictates. Consider weather events: it is second nature now to link these to climate change. Whenever a flood hits, the media blames global warming and warns that floods are increasing. But the most authoritative conclusion by the United Nations Intergovernmental...

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