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10 Jan2012

Lomborg op-ed: The Emperor’s New Climate-Change Agreement

Published by Project Syndicate

2012-01-10 The Emperor’s New Climate-Change Agreement COPENHAGEN – Dressing up failure as victory has been integral to climate-change negotiations since they started 20 years ago. The latest round of talks in Durban, South Africa, in December was no exception. Climate negotiations have been in virtual limbo ever since the catastrophic and humiliating Copenhagen summit in 2009, where vertiginous expectations collided with hard political reality. So as negotiators – and a handful of government ministers – arrived in Durban, expectations could not have been lower. (...)...

16 Dec2011

Lomborg interview in Tehelka magazine India

Published by Tehelka

End of Kyoto would mean nothing for the climate Dec 24, 2011 Shonali Ghosal Q: You are known to be critical of the Kyoto Protocol. Does the Durban agreement offer more hope than Kyoto? A: There’s virtually nothing but empty promises. The Kyoto Protocol will be a symbolic act to continue. As for the Green Climate Fund, they have provided the structure but there’s no money, which has always been the problem. The real meat of the Durban deal, the idea of getting a binding agreement in 2020, is basically just delaying tactics. They said that in 2007 with the Bali roadmap that they...

11 Dec2011

Lomborg op-ed in Wall Street Journal: Global Warming and Adaptability

Published by Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal OPINION DECEMBER 12, 2011 Global Warming and Adaptability Any carbon deal to replace Kyoto would have a negligible impact on climate in coming decades. By BJORN LOMBORG The Durban pit-stop in the endless array of climate summits has just ended, and predictably it reaffirmed the United Nations' strong belief that the most important response to global warming is to secure a strong deal to cut carbon emissions. What is almost universally ignored, however, is that if we want to help real people overcome real problems we need to focus first on adaptation. The Durban...

10 Dec2011

Lomborg interview in AkzoNobel magazine

Published by AkzoNobel

2011-Dec-10 Is global warming just a load of hot air? Climate change is clearly a burning issue, but who to believe? We spoke to three experts with differing views on the subject in an effort to determine what’s really going on. Words: Jim Wake According to Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist on the faculty at Texas Tech University, taking action to prevent a catastrophe as the Earth warms up is long overdue. If you talk to Benny Peiser, director of the London-based Global Policy Warming Institute, he’ll tell you we don’t know nearly enough about what is going on to embark...

28 Nov2011

Lomborg named Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy "for looking more right than ever on the politics of climate change"

Published by Foreign Policy

The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2011's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them. DECEMBER 2011 Bjorn Lomborg For looking more right than ever on the politics of climate change. Director, Copenhagen Consensus, Denmark With international action on limiting climate change seemingly stalled, it must be hard for Bjorn Lomborg to resist an "I told you so." The Danish environmental researcher has been a longtime dissenter from the conventional wisdom calling for international agreements to limit carbon emissions. Lomborg...

25 Nov2011

Lomborg op-ed at Financial Times: Global warming needs a more innovative solution

Published by Financial Times

For a considerable time, it has been claimed that we must fix climate change immediately or all will be lost. As long ago as 1989, the director of the United Nations environment programme stated: "We shall win - or lose - the climate struggle in the first years of the 1990s. The issue is as urgent as that." .....

25 Nov2011

Lomborg op-ed in USA Today: Government shouldn't be picking Solyndras

Published by USA Today

The lesson from the federal government's failed backing of Solyndra is not that the United States should abandon energy innovation. It is that the government should not try to pick industry winners in the race to replace fossil fuels with an alternative. Solyndra is the now-bankrupt solar-panel manufacturer that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee in 2009 to build a factory based on the proposition that solar power should be captured through solar cylinders rather than the more established technology of silicon wafers. Solyndra lost the gamble on its technology — and...

17 Nov2011

Lomborg op-ed in The Australian: Carbon tax a costly feel-good gesture that won't reduce emissions

Published by The Australian

Bjorn Lomborg From: The Australian November 17, 2011 12:00AM GLOBAL warming is real, man-made and important, but the present response has not worked for 20 years, won't work now and won't solve it in the future. This is especially true for Australia, which has introduced a carbon tax that will not work, while stifling debate on an alternative solution. Let me elaborate. Simple physics tells us that, all else being equal, carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels will raise temperatures. Simple economics tells us temperature rises will eventually be negative for the world as a...

14 Nov2011

Lomborg op-ed: Seeming Green at Project Syndicate

Published by Project Syndicate

2011-11-14 Seeming Green Bjorn Lomborg COPENHAGEN – When Denmark’s new government ministers presented themselves to Queen Margrethe II last month, the incoming development minister established his green credentials by rolling up to the palace in a tiny, three-wheeled, electric-powered vehicle. The photo opportunity made a powerful statement about the minister’s commitment to the environment – but probably not the one he intended. (...)...

31 Oct2011

Voice of America article about RethinkHIV

Published by Voice of America

September 29, 2011 Rethinking HIV from an Economic Viewpoint Joe DeCapua Some of the world’s top economists have gotten together to take a new look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic and see whether money can be better spent. It’s called the RethinkHIV project and includes three Nobel Laureates. The Copenhagen Consensus Center and the Rush Foundation sponsored the panel of experts, which presented its findings Wednesday in Washington to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “It’s essentially a project to try to say, let’s spend money on HIV in the...

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