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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.

14 Oct2018

Fight Tuberculosis Not Climate Change To Save Lives

Published by The Australian

Global leaders recently swept into New York for the United Nations General Assembly, trailed by thousands of media, activists and protestors. During the high-level get-together, two very different meetings held at the exactly same time revealed much about their priorities—and their flawed approach to the planet’s biggest problems. At a glittering gala event, the heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Google, and the world's largest asset manager BlackRock joined leaders from Denmark, France, New Zealand and beyond to pledge support for the acceleration of the implementation of...

13 Oct2018

Climate Change: The Final Call?

Published by BBC Scotland

Scientists are describing it as the final call: the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change report earlier this week predicted that global temperatures were set to rise to 3 degrees above pre-industrial levels - the IPCC says urgent and drastic action is imperative to keep the rise at one and a half degrees or less. George Monbiot the Environmental campaigner and Guardian columnist and Bjorn Lomborg who is the director of the environmental think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Centre discuss how should we approach...

10 Oct2018

Don't panic over U.N. climate change report

Published by USA Today

The new United Nations report is being talked about as though it portends the end of the world: To avoid catastrophe, we must instantly transform the entire economy no matter the costs. This is unjustified. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its latest major global analysis, estimated that the total impact of unmitigated climate change from extreme weather, changes in agriculture, rising sea levels and so on would be equivalent to reducing the average person’s income by between 0.2 and 2 percent in the 2070s.

10 Oct2018

U.N. Ignores Economics Of Climate

Published by Wall Street Journal

The global economy must be transformed immediately to avoid catastrophic climate damage, a new United Nations report declares. Climate economist William Nordhaus has been made a Nobel laureate. The events are being reported as two parts of the same story, but they reveal the contradictions inherent in climate policy—and why economics matters more than ever. Limiting temperatures to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels, as the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges, is economically and practically impossible—as Mr. Nordhaus’s work shows. The IPCC report...

26 Sep2018

Global warming did not cause Hurricane Florence

Published by Fox Business Channel

Copenhagen Consensus Center President Bjorn Lomborg discusses how President Trump didn’t mention climate change during his speech at the United Nations and why global warming isn’t responsible for Hurricane Florence.

25 Sep2018

The Global Cost of Domestic Violence

Published by Project Syndicate

Domestic violence costs the world 25 times more than war and terrorism, according to research conducted by James Fearon of Stanford University and Anke Hoeffler of Oxford University on behalf of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. By looking at different kinds of violence, Fearon and Hoeffler find that the global costs of conflict – including the economic toll of deaths from wars and terrorism, refugee-related outlays, and general pecuniary damage – add up to around 0.2% of global GDP each year.

24 Sep2018

The moral and economic case for action to end tuberculosis

Published by The Globe and Mail

This week, heads of state will gather at the United Nations for their first-ever meeting dedicated to ending tuberculosis as a public-health threat. This is expected to result in the adoption of an ambitious political statement. This high-level attention is long overdue, but there is a compelling moral and economic case for this to be matched by resources, which are currently sorely lacking. Over the past two centuries, tuberculosis has caused far more deaths than smallpox, malaria, the plague, influenza, cholera and AIDS combined. This year, the toll from TB surpasses that of HIV/AIDS,...

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