Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

20 Oct2013

A Better World Is Here

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-10-16 COPENHAGEN – For centuries, optimists and pessimists have argued over the state of the world. Pessimists see a world where more people means less food, where rising demand for resources means depletion and war, and, in recent decades, where boosting production capacity means more pollution and global warming. One of the current generation of pessimists’ sacred texts, The Limits to Growth, influences the environmental movement to this day. The optimists, by contrast, cheerfully claim that everything – human health, living standards, environmental quality, and so on...

19 Oct2013

What an increasingly wonderful world

Published by The Times

2013-10-19 Ignore the doomsters: on nearly every measure our planet is getting fairer, healthier and safer.

14 Oct2013

Is the world getting better or worse?

Published by New Scientist

2013-10-14 FOR the past half century, a fundamental debate has raged between optimists and pessimists over the state of the world. Pessimists build their case on overpopulation, starvation and depletion of resources. Optimists stand for the infallibility of the market economy. Wouldn't it be nice to remove the darkened or rose-tinted spectacles for once, and try to quantify how the world really has done and will do in future? I asked some of the world's leading economists to do just that. The result is a groundbreaking book, How Much Have Global Problems Cost The World? A scorecard...

8 Oct2013

Portrait: The Resilient Environmentalist

Published by Cosmos

2013-10-07 Australian science magazine COSMOS features a 5-page portrait of Bjorn Lomborg in its October/November edition.

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...

30 Sep2013

Climate Activists Need to Dial Back on the Panic

Published by TIME

2013-09-30 On Friday, the U.N. climate panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), produced its first overview in six years. It wasn’t about panic and catastrophe, which unfortunately has dominated our climate debate, leading to expensive but ineffective policies...

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...