Bjorn Lomborg

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15 Feb2014

The Davos Apocalypse

Published by Project Syndicate

2014-02-14 FORT LAUDERDALE – At the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos last month, leading participants called for a rapid shift to cleaner energy to tackle climate change. There is something unsettling about the global power elite jetting into an exclusive Swiss ski resort and telling the rest of the world to stop using fossil fuels. (...)...

10 Feb2014

Obama energy policy hurts African poor

Published by USA Today

2014-02-08 Is it fair to use climate policies to keep poor people poor? It is great to electrify Africa. But not with renewables. If Obama spends the next $10 billion on gas electrification, he can help lift 90 million people out of energy poverty. If he only uses renewables, the same $10 billion can help just 20 million-27 million people. Using renewables, we will deliberately choose to leave more than 60 million people in darkness and poverty.

17 Jan2014

The Realism of Global Optimism

Published by Project Syndicate

2014-01-16 PRAGUE – Read a newspaper or watch the evening news, and the world always seems to be getting worse. One problem after another is put under a spotlight. The more death, destruction, and despair, the better. As one Danish journalism textbook puts it: “A good story is usually bad news.” Only occasionally do we get uplifting, things-are-getting-better stories. When we do, they feel like a guilty pleasure. As a result, we often think that the world is in worse shape than it is – even if we think our own lives are improving...

9 Jan2014

Dr Bjorn Lomborg at Creative Innovation 2013 Asia Pacific

Published by Creative Universe

Bjorn Lomborg discusses limiest to growth at Creative Innovation Asia Pacific’s annual future shaping event presented by Creative Universe.

8 Jan2014

A Report Card for Humanity: 1900-2050

Published by The Atlantic

2014-01-08 Will we be living better in 2050 than our predecessors did in 1900? The discussion over the state of the world, and whether things are getting better or worse, is not new. Scientists and philosophers have debated the topic for centuries. From Malthus to The Limits to Growth, pessimists have built their case for a future blighted by overpopulation, starvation, and depleted resources as optimists have tried to assure them that everything would be OK. The pessimistic view has proven influential, setting the tone of environmental and policy debates. But rather than cherry-picking...

17 Dec2013

The great biofuels scandal

Published by The Telegraph

2013-12-17, The Telegraph Last week, the EU missed an opportunity to end the most wasteful green programme of our time – one which costs billions of pounds annually and causes at least 30 million people to go hungry every year. By failing to agree a cap on the use of biofuels, the Council of Ministers has given tacit support for a technology that is bad for both taxpayer and environment. Legislation will now be delayed until 2015. The biofuel story is a perfect example of good intentions leading to terrible outcomes. Moreover, it is a lesson on how powerful, pseudo-green vested...

14 Dec2013

Lomborg gives keynote speech to UN

Published by United Nations

2013-12-13 Before the UN sets the new Millennium Development Goals in 2015, it is essential to weigh the proposed targets by their cost-benefit ratio. In an ideal world, we would tackle all global problems, but unfortunately our funds are limited. That's why we have to make sure we get the biggest bang for our buck. Lomborg was invited to deliver a keynote speech to the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals on December 13. See his presentation below...

12 Dec2013

The Power to Develop

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-12-12 Trade-offs are an inherent part of life. We all recognize this from our private budgets. To fix the roof, we may have to accept a less extravagant summer vacation. When we pick a cheaper wine, we can splurge on dessert. Trade-offs also pervade environmental policy: Cutting more of one pollutant, for example, leaves fewer resources to address other issues. For example, coal is phenomenally polluting, but it also provides for cheap and reliable power, which drives development. Over the past 30 years, China has lifted 680 million people out of poverty, mostly through the use of coal...

4 Dec2013

The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels

Published by New York Times

2013-12-04 THERE’S a lot of hand-wringing about our warming planet, but billions of people face a more immediate problem: They are desperately poor, and many cook and heat their homes using open fires or leaky stoves that burn dirty fuels like wood, dung, crop waste and coal. About 3.5 million of them die prematurely each year as a result of breathing the polluted air inside their homes — about 200,000 more than the number who die prematurely each year from breathing polluted air outside, according to a study by the World Health Organization. (...)...

30 Nov2013

Tifón Haiyan y cambio climático: el enfoque equivocado

Published by Presna

Tifón Haiyan y cambio climático: el enfoque equivocado. Cuando un huracán golpea la rica Florida, hace un daño significativo, pero mata a pocas personas. Cuando golpea países pobres destruye la economía y mata a decenas de miles. 2013-11-30 BJORN LOMBORG La Prensa, Panama. El reciente tifón Haiyan fue terrible. Azotó a las Filipinas, matando a miles de personas, debido a la pobreza: viviendas precarias que fueron arrasadas, refugios inadecuados y mala planificación. Es un patrón que conocemos muy bien. Cuando un huracán golpea la rica Florida, hace un daño significativo, pero mata a pocas...