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14 May2012

Copenhagen Consensus Conference 2012: The Expert Panel Findings

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The goal of Copenhagen Consensus 2012 was to set priorities among a series of proposals for confronting ten great global challenges. A panel of economic experts, comprising some of the world’s most distinguished economists, was invited to consider these issues. The ten challenge papers, commissioned from acknowledged authorities in each area of policy, included nearly 40 proposals for the panel’s consideration. During the conference the panel examined these proposals in detail. Each Challenge Paper was discussed at length with its principal author, and the experts met in private...

10 May2012

Slate: To Educate Children, We Have To Teach Their Parents

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To Educate Children, We Have To Teach Their Parents We can improve education in poor countries by showing parents the importance of schooling. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 2:06 PM ET Over the past 50 years, remarkable progress has been made ensuring that children receive basic education. More than 60 percent of adults in low-income countries can read and write, whereas in 1962, just one-third were literate. Today, nearly nine in 10 children around the world complete primary school. Read it online Art BL 2012-05-10 Slate Education.pdf

9 May2012

Slate: War Is a Long, Messy Hell

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War Is a Long, Messy Hell And it’s more important than ever that we try to prevent it in the first place. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 3:10 PM ET Without peace and stability, there are impediments to solving every other challenge that we have looked at in the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 series. Armed conflict is a major global problem that disproportionately affects the world’s poorest. Not a single low-income country afflicted by violence has achieved even one of the eight Millennium Development goals...

8 May2012

Slate: Can You Really Make Clouds Whiter and More Reflective?

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Can You Really Make Clouds Whiter and More Reflective? Scientists are getting there, and it might be the one of the best ways to fight climate change. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Of all of the issues in the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 project, climate change is perhaps the most talked-about and charged. Although efforts to strike an international climate deal have come to naught, more newspaper space and celebrity attention has been devoted to this issue in the past decade than any other.

7 May2012

Slate: We Still Need to Save the Rain Forests

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We Still Need to Save the Rain Forests Biodiversity efforts are often targeted toward saving cute animals. But the real problem is disappearing forests, wetlands, and mangroves. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Monday, May 7, 2012

4 May2012

Slate CC12: An Ounce of Prevention ...

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By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Friday, May 4, 2012. An Ounce of Prevention ... It’s harder for poor countries to respond to natural disasters. We should help them be better prepared before hurricanes and earthquakes strike...

3 May2012

Slate CC12: The Thorny Issue of Population Growth

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The Thorny Issue of Population Growth Life expectancy is up and poverty is down worldwide, even with our rapidly expanding global population. Are our fears of catastrophe overblown? By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Thursday, May 3, 2012 Last year, the world population reached 7 billion. It added the last billion in merely 12 years, similar to the time it took to add the fifth and sixth billion. Despite this rapid growth, the doomsday predictions of previous decades about the potentially disastrous consequences of rapid population growth have not materialized.

2 May2012

Slate CC12: Developing the Smartphone of Toilets

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Developing the Smartphone of Toilets More than 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation. We can fix that. By Bjørn Lomborg. Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2012 The story of water and sanitation is one of success and failure. The world has met the Millennium Development Goal on the provision of clean drinking water five years early, but is set to miss its goal on basic sanitation by almost 1 billion people. An astonishing one-third of the world population, 2.5 billion people, lacks access to basic sanitation. More than 1 billion people must defecate out in the open rather than using the toilets that we...

1 May2012

Slate CC12: Malaria Is Making a Comeback

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Malaria Is Making a Comeback But making sure new drugs are affordable for poor countries is still a cheap way to save hundreds of thousands of children. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Copenhagen Consensus 2012 : The 10 most effective ideas for improving the world. It is difficult to overstate how much the fight against infectious disease has improved the human condition in the last century. In research released today for Copenhagen Consensus 2012, economists Dean Jamison, Prabhat Jha, Ramanan Laxminarayan, and Toby Ord point out that improved immunization saves more lives per...

30 Apr2012

Slate CC12: The High Cost of Heart Disease and Cancer

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The High Cost of Heart Disease and Cancer Malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis get all the attention in the developing world. But chronic diseases kill more people. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Monday, April 30, 2012. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer are problems that we associate with rich countries, while infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS are more commonly seen as the problems afflicting the poor. But 80 percent of global deaths from chronic diseases occur in low-income and middle-income countries. Cardiovascular disease in low- and middle-income countries...

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