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24 Sep2014

Cost of gathering data on new development goals could be crippling

Published by The Guardian

When we think about the next development agenda, our focus is usually on the goals and targets themselves. But we don’t often think about how much it will take to measure our progress. Clearly this is important, because there’s limited value in setting goals and targets if we can’t measure them because it’s just too costly or difficult to do so. Right now the UN is making a lot of noise about a ‘data revolution’ where every imaginable development indicator will not only be measurable, accurate and timely but also disaggregated by gender, income, region, village. This is so important that...

22 Sep2014

Forecasts: Hopes and Fears About Climate Change

Published by New York Times

New York Times recently interviewed Lomborg (among two dozen scientists, authors, and world and national figures) about two questions: What is your greatest worry about climate change? What gives you hope? Here's his answer: Global warming is real and a problem, but we need better, more effective solutions. What troubles me most is that we keep focusing on making old-fashioned promises to cut CO2 [even though] these promises have failed to curb emissions rises for more than 20 years. Why don’t they work? Because cheap power is the foundation for economic growth. There is an almost one-to-one...

17 Sep2014

The Economics of Violence

Published by Project Syndicate

What is the biggest source of violence in our world? With the brutal conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere constantly in the news, many people would probably say war. But that turns out to be spectacularly wrong.

17 Sep2014

How to Make the World’s Poor $500 Billion Richer

Published by TIME

There is a way to make the poor of this world $500 billion better off, but this solution is rarely discussed. This matters, because the international community is gearing up to produce the next set of development goals for 2015-2030, to continue the work of the Millennium Development Goals. $2.5 trillion in development aid plus unknown trillions from national budgets hang in the balance of these goals, so getting our priorities right is vital. Spending money on poorly chosen targets is a wasted opportunity to do much more good elsewhere.

17 Sep2014

How to Make the World’s Poor $500 Billion Richer

Published by TIME.com

There is a way to make the poor of this world $500 billion better off, but this solution is rarely discussed. This matters, because the international community is gearing up to produce the next set of development goals for 2015-2030, to continue the work of the Millennium Development Goals. $2.5 trillion in development aid plus unknown trillions from national budgets hang in the balance of these goals, so getting our priorities right is vital. Spending money on poorly chosen targets is a wasted opportunity to do much more good elsewhere.

19 Aug2014

The Trouble with Universal Education

Published by Project Syndicate

The UN has promised to achieve universal education since 1950, and currently contemplates this target for its 2015-30 development goals again. But with 60 million children still out of school, the international community should not simply postpone the same universal-education target until 2030. Instead, it is time to abandon this unrealistic goal in favor of an achievable, targeted, and cost-effective approach. New research for the Post-2015 Consensus shows that the best education target for the UN Sustainable Development Goals would be halving the proportion of kids not attending preschool...

14 Aug2014

Lomborg interview in Lifestyles magazine

Published by Lifestyles Magazine

The Green Monster - Bjorn Lomborg on the biggest environmental problem in the world. (Hint: It's not climate change.) Written by Kimberly Greene From LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE - SUMMER 2014 Download the entire article at the link below:...

12 Aug2014

Lomborg on smarter goals for the UN in media around the world

Subsequent to Bjorn Lomborg's article on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and New York Times ' reporting last month, media around the world have interviewed Lomborg on the Copenhagen Consensus Center's Post-2015 Consensus project. The newspapers of record in France and Norway, Le Monde and Aftenposten (on two full pages) both reported on Lomborg's efforts to prioritize global aid spending in the most cost-effective way. An interview with the world's fourth-largest news agency EFE is available both in Spanish (e.g. La Informacion ) and Catalan ( La Vanguardia ). Lomborg...

4 Aug2014

Fight poverty, reduce pollution

Published by China Daily

China's impressive economic development has led to terrible outdoor air pollution. At the same time however, indoor air pollution has declined substantially, and fewer people now die from air pollution in China because of less poverty and access to modern energy. Lomborg writes in China's biggest English-language publication China Daily (500k+ copies) that with increased wealth, China can afford to protect more nature and reduce pollution...

29 Jul2014

Bjorn Lomborg recently gave testimony to the US Senate

Current climate action is more costly than inaction, even if politicians were smart. Bjorn Lomborg recently gave testimony to the US Senate in regard to the economic and budgetary consequences of climate change.The cost of climate action is likely to cost at least twice as much as climate inaction in this century. Lomborg presented how green energy research could show a way out of this dilemma. Renowned climate scientist Prof. Judith Curry called the testimony "important, well worth reading and pondering." Read Lomborg's testimony or watch the full hearings on webcasts from the...

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