Bjorn Lomborg

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22 Mar2013

Earth Hour: millions prepare to switch off the lights

Published by The Guardian

2013-03-22 The Guardian, by Jessica Aldred. Thousands of cities and towns across the world, including major landmarks, to turn off lights to show concern for the environment Earth Hour is here again, and WWF is calling on hundreds of millions of people in thousands of cities and towns around the world to switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm local time on Saturday 23 March to show their concern for the environment. (...) This year, Prof Bjorn Lomborg, a prominent critic of the economic cost of dealing with climate change, has warned the gesture will do little to help the planet and...

14 Mar2013

Blinded by the Light

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-03-14 NEW YORK – On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30, and at 9:30, and at 10:30, and for the rest of the night – just like every other night of the year. With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people. On the same evening, another billion will participate in the environmental event “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30. (...)...

14 Mar2013

"Skeptical Environmentalist" opposes propping up EU carbon credits

Published by Reuters

2013-03-14 "Propping the price of carbon permits is wrong," said Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think tank, and an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School. He said higher carbon prices would damage the EU economy and would not help to achieve any significant climate goals...

11 Mar2013

Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret

Published by Wall Street Journal

2013-03-11 Electric cars have garnered a reputation as “zero emissions” vehicles --- but Bjorn Lomborg presents facts and figures that demonstrate the exact opposite. He shows that electric cars are hugely carbon intensive to manufacture. They have an extremely short driving distance, which means they are unreliable – so most consumers have not been interested in purchasing them (even with a generous tax credits of up to $7500). Added to all of this, the cars barely differ from conventional cars as measured by their carbon emissions...

7 Mar2013

Bjorn Lomborg's testimony to Congress

Published by US Congress

2013-03-07 Bjorn Lomborg was asked to testify before the House Subcommittee on Environment of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology on March 6, 2013. Unfortunately, the hearing had to be postponed because of snow, but you can read his presentation about "Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context."...

20 Feb2013

Cool down and shore up our cities

Published by Zocalo Public Square

2013-02-19 Zócalo Public Square asked scientists an important question: "Assuming climate change is irreversible, what’s the best thing we can do now to prepare ourselves for a warmer world?" Read Bjorn Lomborg's answer online or in the pdf below...

19 Feb2013

A Golden Rice Opportunity

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-02-15 SÃO PAULO – Finally, after 12 years of delay caused by opponents of genetically modified (GM) foods, so-called “golden rice” with vitamin A will be grown in the Philippines. Over those 12 years, about eight million children worldwide died from vitamin A deficiency. Are anti-GM advocates not partly responsible?...

24 Jan2013

Climate-Change Misdirection

Published by Wall Street Journal

2013-01-24 Read Bjorn Lomborg's reaction to the description of global warming in President Obama's inaugural address. Lomborg argues that global warming is indeed a problem that needs fixing. However, exaggerating the threat concentrates resources in the wrong areas and often distracts us from simple, cheaper and smarter solutions...

23 Jan2013

Sir David Attenborough wrong on "human plague"

Published by The Telegraph

2013-01-22 Bjorn Lomborg challenges Sir David Attenborough's notion of humans being a “plague on the Earth” and insists that the planet can sustain a much bigger population thanks to innovation. "He argues that new technologies mean that humans need less land to produce food. Therefore the population can grow without harming wildlife and as people become richer it may even be possible to return degraded land to wildlife." On his Facebook page, Bjorn analyses that “we are not running out of ‘places to grow food for this enormous horde.’ Actually, FAO...

18 Jan2013

Enthusiastic solar energy story on American ABC

Published by ABC News

2013-01-18 Bjørn Lomborg cautions the enthusiasm, pointing out that yes, solar could cover much of our energy future, but it needs to be much cheaper and we need to have fixed storage first.