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30 May2019

Examining the Latest False Alarm on Climate

Published by The Wall Street Journal

You’ve probably seen the latest alarming headlines: Rising sea levels from climate change could flood 187 million people out of their homes. Don’t believe it. That figure is unrealistic—and it isn’t even new. It appears in a new scholarly paper, whose authors plucked it from a paper published in 2011. And what the earlier paper actually found was that 187 million could be forced to move in the unlikely event that no one does anything in the next 80 years to adapt to dramatic rises in sea level. In real life, the 2011 paper explained, humans “adapt proactively,” and “such adaptation can...

29 May2019

Calling climate change ‘catastrophic’ makes it harder to find real answers

Published by New York Post

Ever notice how, in the last decade or so, we quietly stopped just having storms and started having “extreme weather events”? It feels like no temperature drop or seasonal downpour is too small for the media to slap a scary name on it and issue minute-by-minute warnings. Well, now some news outlets and campaigners are trying to do the exact same thing for climate change itself.

28 May2019

The UK needs to spend more on researching green energy

Published by The Spectator

On the sidelines of the 2015 Paris climate summit, then-UK prime minister David Cameron and 19 other world leaders made a promise to double green energy research and development by 2020. The United Kingdom is on course to break that promise. As a percentage of GDP, spending on low-carbon energy R&D has stayed sluggishly around 0.02 per cent since 2015, according to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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...

22 May2019

Investing in ART to treat HIV/AIDS

Published by Deccan Herald

The prognosis for people living with HIV/AIDS has been transformed through anti-retroviral therapy (ART), which is the use of medicines to treat HIV infection, and it is recommended for everyone who has HIV. ART helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives and reduces the risk of transmission to others. Now, new analysis has established that further investment in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS through ART is one of the 12 best investments that India can make to speed up its achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This finding is an early result from a study that looks at...

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.

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