Bjorn Lomborg

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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...

18 Nov2013

At last, a Plan B to stop global warming

Published by The Times

2013-11-18 The last twenty years of international climate negotiations have achieved almost nothing and have done so at enormous economic cost. Japan’s courageous announcement that it is scrapping its unrealistic targets and focusing instead on development of green technologies could actually be the beginning of smarter climate policies...

14 Nov2013

The Climate-Policy Trap

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-11-14 Today’s policies to combat climate change cost much more than the benefits they produce. Unfortunately, bad political choices often make these policies even less cost-effective. Consider the European Union’s 20-20 policy, which targets a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions below 1990 levels by 2020. It is important to examine this approach, not only because the EU is pursuing the world’s largest and most ambitious climate policy, but also because other climate policies suffer from similar shortcomings. (...)...

12 Nov2013

What do global problems cost us?

Published by TED Talks

Bjorn Lomborg gave a TED Talk in New York on How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard from 1900 - 2050. He presents a new way to compare global problems and shows that the world is becoming a better, more livable place.

11 Nov2013

Green Energy Is the Real Subsidy Hog

Published by Wall Street Journal

2013-11-11 Subsidizing first-generation, inefficient green energy might make well-off people feel good about themselves, but it won't transform the energy market. Yet when inefficient green subsidies are criticized, their defenders can be relied on to point out that the world subsidizes fossil fuels even more heavily. But the misinformation surrounding energy subsidies is considerable, and it helps keep the world from enacting sensible policy. In Wall Street Journal, Lomborg debunks three popular myths about fossil-fuel subsidies and argues that we should not subsidize either fossil fuels...

9 Nov2013

Let us talk about our future

Published by The Australian

2013-11-09 What kind of Australia do you want in 2040? What kind of jobs will be available to the next generation? And how do you want your society to look in three decades? It is a conversation conducted far too rarely, overshadowed by day-to-day policy battles and the sensational scare of the month. In some ways, it is easy for Australia to avoid this conversation. (...)

7 Nov2013

How is the World Doing? A Global Scorecard, 1900-2050

Published by Bloomberg

2013-11-06 One of the longest-running big picture debates is between optimists and pessimists arguing the state of the world. Pessimists have constantly painted a dystopian future from Malthus and Jevons to the 1972 book Limits to Growth. Optimists have cheerfully pointed to how everything is getting better.