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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...

17 Oct2011

Lomborg op-ed: Making HIV/AIDS Investments Count

Published by Project Syndicate

Making HIV/AIDS Investments Count Bjørn Lomborg 2011-10-14 NEW YORK – It is dangerous to believe that the end of AIDS is in sight. Around 30 million people around the world live with HIV, and another 30 million are likely to become infected in the next decade if current trends persist. Funding from developed governments is dropping – a trend that must be reversed. But we also need to acknowledge that billions of dollars have been spent on well-meaning attempts to save lives, with an alarming lack of high-quality evaluation of how these investments have performed. (...)...

17 Oct2011

Lomborg op-ed: Making HIV/AIDS Investments Count

Published by Project Syndicate

Making HIV/AIDS Investments Count Bjørn Lomborg 2011-10-14 NEW YORK – It is dangerous to believe that the end of AIDS is in sight. Around 30 million people around the world live with HIV, and another 30 million are likely to become infected in the next decade if current trends persist. Funding from developed governments is dropping – a trend that must be reversed. But we also need to acknowledge that billions of dollars have been spent on well-meaning attempts to save lives, with an alarming lack of high-quality evaluation of how these investments have performed. (...)...

6 Oct2011

Article by Lomborg and Piot in the Wall Street Journal

Published by Wall Street Journal

OPINION SEPTEMBER 27, 2011. Rethinking the Fight Against AIDS With funding down, it is critical to identify those measures that achieve the most results for the money spent. BY BJØRN LOMBORG AND PETER PIOT After a decade of unprecedented increases in donor funding and a corresponding 17% decline world-wide in the number of new infections, the fight against HIV is losing momentum. UNAIDS reported a 10% drop in funding from 2009-10. The U.S. Congress is clamoring for further cuts to the foreign aid budget. European governments are reducing funding commitments in the wake of fiscal crises. And...

16 Sep2011

Lomborg's op-ed: Rethinking the Fight against HIV

Published by Project Syndicate

Rethinking the Fight against HIV Bjørn Lomborg 2011-09-15 COPENHAGEN – Thirty years ago, the world got its first inkling of impending catastrophe when five young gay men in Los Angeles were struck down by the illness that became known as HIV/AIDS. Today, the disease has a truly global impact, claiming 1.8 million lives annually – the equivalent of wiping out the population of Washington, DC, three times every year. (...)...

9 Sep2011

Lomborg named as one of 58 people who have changed our lives in 2011

Published by Psychologies

2011 Sept Psychologies Bjorn Lomborg, academic and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, for shaking up the climate change debate without ever denying the reality of man-made global warming. Nominated by Julian Baggini, philosopher and author of The Ego Trick.

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