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21 Jun2012

Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now

Published by Foreign Affairs

FOREIGN AFFAIRS 2012 July/August By Bjorn Lomborg. Forty years ago, humanity was warned: by chasing ever-greater economic growth, it was sentencing itself to catastrophe. Based on forecasts from an intricate series of computer models developed by professors at MIT, a slim 1972 volume called The Limits to Growth caused a sensation and captured the zeitgeist of the era: the belief that mankind's escalating wants were on a collision course with the world's finite resources and that the crash would be coming soon. The best-selling report told humanity that the only way to avoid a crash...

21 Jun2012

A Sound Bite on Limits to Growth

Published by BBC

BBC Radio 4's The Today 2012-06-19 Bjorn Lomborg BBC asked Dennis Meadows, co-author of Limits to Growth, to debate its predictions, but he said no sound bite would convince people who would listen to people like Lomborg. Yet, this debate is not about sound bites, Lomborg explains on the BBC Today program. It really is about a 40 year track record of spectacularly bad predictions. Limits to Growth set the agenda for worrying about the wrong problems with poor solutions...

16 Jun2012

Fareed Zakaria GPS : Lomborg on environmentalism

Published by CNN

2012-06-17 CNN Fareed Zakaria GPS: Lomborg on environmentalism. Lomborg on the UN's conference on sustainable development...

14 Jun2012

Lomborg: Research Is The Way Ahead for Preserving Biodiversity

Published by Forbes India

Biodiversity campaigners should push the case for more R&D, rather than putting out alarming figures or pictures of endangered cuddly animals Forbes India By Bjorn Lomborg.Jun 14, 2012 Disappearing biodiversity has increasingly received mainstream media attention in the past few years. Often, biodiversity campaigners have attempted to capture our attention with pictures of cuddly endangered animals, or alarming figures about the rate of disappearing species.They use cuddly animals because people are much more inclined to care more about so-called “charismatic animals” (larger...

14 Jun2012

The Debate: Should we be doing more to combat climate change?

Published by The Independent

The Independent. Read the opinion of Bjorn Lomborg and Tony Jupiter. By Laura DavisWednesday, 13 June 2012 Fifty years ago, few people cared about pollution, deforestation, whaling or the Ozone layer. But even with an increasing awareness of issues concerning the environment, there is still a long way to go. This week The Independent is looking at the successes and failures of the Green Movement at 50, with a series of blogs and features centred around the question: “Has the environment movement been a success?”...

13 Jun2012

Lomborg's article: Wrongheaded in Rio

Published by Project Syndicate

Project Syndicate2012-06-13 Bjorn Lomborg Project Syndicate Tens of thousands of people will soon gather in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Earth Summit. The participants, ranging from weary politicians to enthusiastic campaigners, are supposed to reignite global concern for the environment. Unfortunately, the summit is likely to be a wasted opportunity.

4 Jun2012

Article in the Guardian: Ignore the heart-wrenching pictures and focus on the benefits of aid

Published by The Guardian

Posted by Bjørn Lomborg. Monday 4 June 2012 09.00 BST Targeted financial assistance offers a middle path between the arguments for and against higher development spending. Despite tough recession budgets, the UK has decided to let development spending increase. The international development secretary Andrew Mitchell described spending on aid as "not only from the British people but for the British people", contributing to "a strong, more prosperous and safer world". USAid is reducing or cutting programmes because of budget shortfalls. Australia's Labour government is...

29 May2012

Poverty Pollutes: Can we have our Earth Summit back, please?

Published by Newsweek

Newsweek Bjorn Lomborg 2012-05-28 A message from Bjørn Lomborg to organizers of the Rio+20 environmental summit: poverty pollutes. The upcoming United Nations green summit in Rio de Janeiro is in trouble—and with good reason. The planners of the mammoth event have been unable to agree on just what to say in the outcome document, ironically called “The Future We Want.” This week, dignitaries are meeting in New York City for a final attempt to find common ground. It won’t be easy. Over the past four decades, the U.N.’s concern for “green” issues has...

25 May2012

Leading economists list cheapest ways to save the world

Published by The India Times

The Indian Times India Times, 14 May, 2012. Leading economists have ranked how to best and most cost-effectively invest to solve many of the world's seemingly insurmountable problems, a Danish think-tank said Monday, calling for a shift in global priorities. "It may not sound sexy, but solving the problems of diarrhoea, worms and malnutrition will do good for more of the world's poor than other more grandiose interventions," Bjoern Lomborg, who heads the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, said in a statement. His think-tank on Monday presented the results of its third global...

21 May2012

The Smartest Ways to Save the World

Published by Project Syndicate

May 16, 2012By Bjorn Lomborg Project Syndicate COPENHAGEN – If you had $75 billion to spend over the next four years and your goal was to advance human welfare, especially in the developing world, how could you get the most value for your money? That is the question that I posed to a panel of five top economists, including four Nobel laureates, in the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 project. The panel members were chosen for their expertise in prioritization and their ability to use economic principles to compare policy choices...

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