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16 Dec2014

Why innovation is the best path to a climate solution

Published by The Globe and Mail

The UN Climate Summit in Lima achieved little, just like the previous meetings for more than 20 years. As the saying goes, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” For the past 20 years, the traditional climate approach has been clear and single-minded: we must subsidize the deployment of renewable sources of energy, such as wind turbines and solar cells to reduce our CO2 emissions – the so-called reduction pathway. Yet, today, after endless climate summits and good intentions, the world gets just 0.4 per cent of its energy from solar and wind...

12 Dec2014

Why contraception is needed to control population explosion

Published by The Economic Times

There was a time when we worried about a “population explosion,” with ever more people fighting over ever fewer resources. Yet, the population growth has decreased since the late 1960s and resources have not run out.

9 Dec2014

How to Save More Than 14 Million Newborns By 2030

Published by Time

In a world where there are so many worthwhile targets demanding our attention, we need to focus on those for which we have the best chance of doing the most good. How about saving more than 14 million newborns by 2030? That’s a pretty eye-catching figure, but one which the author of a new analysis for the Copenhagen Consensus believes is not only achievable, but also highly cost-effective.

21 Nov2014

The United Nations needs a shorter, stronger game plan for humanity

Published by Washington Post

In a world prone to fickle media attention to short-term crises, we often neglect to consider a long-term game plan for humanity. But right now the world’s 193 governments are gearing up to set our priorities for the next decade and a half at the United Nations’ annual meeting in September 2015. This is a debate worth having, but almost no one has heard anything about it.

1 Nov2014

Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals


Published by Foreign Affairs

The November/December 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs features a 9 page article by Dr. Lomborg. “Promises to Keep: Crafting Better Development Goals”, highlights the work of the Post-2015 Consensus and the valuable knowledge the project is injecting into the post-2015 debate.

16 Oct2014

Feeding people is smart: It's the best investment to do good in the world

Published by Economic Times

2 billion people in the world are still malnourished, and more than 800 million suffer from chronic hunger. Economic research shows that providing adequate nutrition to pre-schoolers is the best way to spend a dollar to do good in the world. Nutrition is not just about avoiding hunger and securing human decency. If you don’t get enough food, you don’t develop – we see this in kids being stunted, that is growing less than they should. Lack of food and micronutrients also affects their muscle and brain growth; it damages spatial navigation and memory formation, leading to loss of cognitive...

14 Oct2014

Dirty Development Money

Published by Project Syndicate

One of the biggest problems affecting the world’s poor is one that few have ever heard about: illicit financial flows. Though such flows cost people in Djibouti, Congo, and Chad more than one-fifth of their incomes every year, they almost never make headlines. With the world preparing to establish the specific targets that will guide global development efforts for the next 15 years, the time to change that is now.

10 Oct2014

Seven value-for-money ways to save the world

Published by The Daily Telegraph

What's the best way for the United Nations to help the developing world? Right now, the organisation is in the process of setting its global development agenda for the next 15 years - and the most important thing to do is to set goals which it can actually achieve, and to work out what the best way to spend its money is. Economics may well show the way.

3 Oct2014

How Indoor Stoves Can Help Solve Global Poverty

Published by TIME.com

World leaders at the U.N. recently began a yearlong conversation about global goals for the next 15 years. Many will rightly talk about poverty, food, water and the environment. Few will mention energy. Yet we should. Access to energy is one the most important drivers of development, e.g. improving living standards during the Industrial Revolution to more recently, helping lift 680 million Chinese out of poverty. Currently almost 3 billion people, mostly in Africa and South-east Asia, live without modern energy, instead using wood and dung as a source of fuel. Societies that live without...

2 Oct2014

Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Published by Freakonomics podcast

"Here’s $2.5 trillion. You have 15 years to spend it. How do you distribute this money in a way that will achieve the most good for the world?" Bjorn Lomborg just did a podcast with Freakonomics on his think tank's "Post-2015" project on the Sustainable Development Goals. It is the podcast for the #1 selling Freakonomics book, a #1-ranked podcast, with more than 5 million monthly downloads. One of the comments the listeners left reads: "FASCINATING Freakonomics podcast this week. With so much bad news lately, it was heartening to hear that people are spending so much time and effort to fix...

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