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Bjorn Lomborg

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30 Sep2013

Lomborg comments on IPCC report for TV and radio stations worldwide

Broadcasters around the world booked Bjorn Lomborg as a commentator on the new report the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released on September 27. Moreover, his press release was printed in a multitude of newspapers and different languages. Lomborg's interviews include: Australia: ABC Radio National (Breakfast program), Greg Cary Show (4BC), Chris Smith Afternoon Show (Radio 2GB Sydney) Canada: Power & Politics (CBC), The John Oakley Morning Show (AM 640 Toronto) Denmark: Deadline (DR2), Pressen (DR P3), TV2 News, Dagen (DR2), Radio24syv United Kingdom: Newshour (BBC World...

22 Sep2013

Climate change is real, but we have time

Published by The Sunday Times

2013-09-22 With the first overview in six years from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it is time to raise two big questions. Why have panic and catastrophe dominated the debate? And why have the solutions presented thus far been so expensive and ineffective? We really need to start talking about what will work.

18 Sep2013

It’s gone too far

Published by Prospect Magazine

2013-09-18 The precautionary principle used to work. It was set out at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and stated that complete scientific evidence was not necessarily required in support of action on the most serious environmental threats. Unfortunately, since then, this well-intentioned principle has become a destructive tool, used to support bad policies.

16 Sep2013

Don’t blame climate change for extreme weather

Published by Washington Post

2013-09-15 One of the most persistent claims in the climate debate is that global warming leads to more extreme weather. Green groups and even such respectable outlets as Scientific American declare that “extreme weather is a product of climate change.” And the meme seems irresistible as a political shortcut to action. President Obama has explicitly linked a warming climate to “more extreme droughts, floods, wildfires and hurricanes.” The White House warned this summer of “increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events that come with climate change...

16 Sep2013

Global Warming Without Fear

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-09-13 MALMÖ – On September 26, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will present the summary of its most recent assessment report, the fifth in 23 years. Although the IPCC is not perfect – it famously predicted that all Himalayan glaciers would be gone in 2035, when the more likely year is 2350 – its many experts generally give us the best information on the fractious issue of global warming. Because of extensive leaks, the report’s contents are mostly known. And, because we have done this four times already, how the report will play out...

3 Sep2013

There is no bee crisis

Published by Ottawa Citizen

2013-09-03 Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no “bee-pocalypse.” There is lots of alarmist talk about colony collapse disorder, people are blaming pesticides and talking about hundreds of billions of dollars at risk. But a closer look tells a very different story. Read the article online...

30 Aug2013

Trashing rice, killing children

Published by National Journal

2013-08-29 Activists have destroyed a field trial of "Golden Rice" in the Philippines. Golden Rice is genetically modified to have vitamin A. Three billion people depend on rice as their staple food, with 10% at risk for vitamin A deficiency. Thus, golden rice could prevent many of the 668,000 child deaths from vitamin A deficiency every year. Over the past 12 years, Greenpeace and others have tried to block Golden Rice in every possible way, even though science shows no adverse effects on health or the environment. It is now appropriate to ask: Aren't they at least partially...

15 Aug2013

The Decline of Renewable Energy

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-08-14 PRAGUE – Many today believe that renewable energy will let us get off fossil fuels soon. Unfortunately, the facts say otherwise. According to International Energy Agency data, 13.12% of the world’s energy came from renewables in 1971, the first year that the IEA reported global statistics. In 2011, renewables’ share was actually lower, at 12.99%. Yet a new survey shows that Americans believe that the share of renewables in 2035 will be 30.2%. In reality, it will likely be 14.5%...

10 Aug2013

Keep calm and save the Earth

Published by The Telegraph

2013-08-10 Bad news sells – that’s why we hear so much of it. But it can leave us with a panicked sense that the world is full of problems that urgently need to be fixed. And panic is rarely a good basis for smart policy...

31 Jul2013

Only cheaper ‘green’ fuels will force changes in energy use

Published by Financial Times

Last week an extraordinary, scary story made climate headlines around the world: a melting Arctic could release an immense amount of methane that would dramatically increase global warming and cost the world a phenomenal $60tn. Fortunately, it is just a scare story. Of course, if you take an implausibly catastrophic event and run it through an implausibly pessimistic economic model, you can get headlines, but you don’t get good policy. The depressing reality is that current climate policies have failed. Yes, there is a climate problem, but we are throwing huge amounts of money at it to...

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