Bjorn Lomborg

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6 Dec2012

Lomborg interview - Global warming: hype or fact

Published by Voice of Russia

Interview for The Voice of Russia by Yekaterina Kudashkina, 6 Dec, 2012. Global warming is real, it is man-made and it is an important problem. But the way it is often being portrayed as the cause of the vast majority of extreme weather incidents is simply unfounded.If we look at a lot of the catastrophes that we’ve seen over the last years and that have been very well published, they are by far mostly driven by social factors...

1 Dec2012

Solutions to consider on Worlds AIDS Day - Lomborg's article in Quartz

Published by Quartz

Economics of a virus Solutions to consider on Worlds AIDS Day: Send more girls to school and circumcise boys By Bjørn Lomborg — November 30, 2012 On World AIDS Day, we hear considerable rhetoric about the importance of stepping up the fight against HIV. But the reality is that donor fatigue and tougher economic conditions have caused external HIV/AIDS funding for Africa to stagnate. This puts at risk recent dramatic progress, including a dramatic expansion of treatment (although universal treatment remains out of reach), and promising reductions in mother-to-child transmission. It also...

26 Nov2012

Lomborg named Top 100 Global Thinker 2012 by Foreign Policy

Published by Foreign Policy

The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2012's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them. 58 BJORN LOMBORG For taking the black and white out of climate politics. Director, Copenhagen Consensus Center | Czech Republic The climate-change debate's most consistent iconoclast continued to go after environmental sacred cows this year, dismissing the Rio+20 summit as a "wasted opportunity," warning against "policy by panic" efforts to connect this summer's droughts to global warming, and celebrating hydraulic...

18 Nov2012

La moraleja de Sandy

Published by El Tiempo

2012-11-18 Cuando la 'supertormenta' Sandy golpeó la costa oriental de los Estados Unidos el 29 de octubre, no solo inundó el metro de Nueva York y se convirtió en el factor más importante para el 15% de los votantes estadounidenses (the most important factor for 15% of US voters) en las elecciones presidenciales de la semana siguiente, sino que también resucitó la aseveración injustificada que señala que el calentamiento global es el culpable de este tipo de eventos, junto con el argumento moralmente irresponsable acerca de que debemos ayudar a las futuras víctimas de huracanes...

14 Nov2012

The Moral of Sandy

Published by Project Syndicate

Hurricane Sandy isn't about reducing CO2 emissions. It's about better disaster-preparedness. Op-ed by Bjørn Lomborg in Project Syndicate. When “superstorm” Sandy hit the east coast of the United States on October 29, it not only flooded the New York City Subway and became the most important factor for 15% of US voters in the presidential election a week later. It also resurrected the unwarranted claim that global warming was to blame for such events, together with the morally irresponsible argument that we should help future hurricane victims by cutting CO2 emissions...

8 Nov2012

In Africa, we must do the most good with each pound spent on Aids-HIV

Published by The Guardian

Article in The Guardian by Bjørn Lomborg. With donor money to fight HIV and Aids falling, spending in sub-Saharan Africa must be targeted to get the best results. There are few global issues more urgent or devastating than the toll of HIV and Aids in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa has 10% of the world's population but is home to 70% of those living with HIV and Aids. The problem is neither beaten nor going away: new infections continue to outpace the number of people put on treatment. Across Africa, the disease is estimated to have reduced average national growth rates by 2-4 percentage...

6 Nov2012

Climate Course Correction

Published by Foreign Policy

The world has spent two decades developing policies to combat global warming -- and we have little to show for it. By Bjørn Lomborg in Foreign Policy Whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney finds himself working from the Oval Office over the next four years, he will face the problem of tackling global warming without breaking the bank. He will have to realize that ignoring the problem will not make it go away -- but will also have to accept that the policies of the past 20 years have not worked.

27 Oct2012

Fox News Reporting: Behind Obama’s Green Agenda

Published by Fox News

Fox interview with Bjørn Lomborg. Watch it online (only available from the USA)

18 Oct2012

Ignoring 'Fantastic Opportunity' of Gas Is Foolish

Published by Bloomberg

Lomborg answers questions about fracking, nuclear power, GMOs and organic food f rom Bloomberg News reporter Alex Morales: Bloomberg: You've been looking at the benefits of fracking. Tell me what you've found. Lomborg: Fracking in a U.S. context has dramatically lowered U.S. carbon emissions, about 400 to 500 million tons, compared to the entire impact of the EU and Kyoto Protocol of about 250 million tons. So the U.S. has inadvertently lowered its carbon emissions by about twice as much just by making cheap gas available. We've actually managed to find a technology that's...

11 Oct2012

Scary Pictures

Published by Project Syndicate

Oct 10, 2012 in Project Syndicate By Bjørn Lomborg Campaigners on important but complex issues, annoyed by the length of time required for public deliberations, often react by exaggerating their claims, hoping to force a single solution to the forefront of public debate. But, however well intentioned, scaring the public into a predetermined solution often backfires: when people eventually realize that they have been misled, they lose confidence and interest.