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28 Jun2012

Lomborg: Feel-Good Environmentalism at the U.N. - The Wall Street Journal

Published by Wall Street Journal

Why do the global glitterati ignore water and air pollution? 20 June, 2012. By Bjorn Lomborg The United Nations environment summit in Rio this week is a great example of how good intentions can thwart real progress on global problems. What's the world's biggest environmental challenge? Ask the global elites at U.N. conferences, and they're likely to answer: "global warming." Global warming is indeed a concern, and we need smart solutions. But let's put things in perspective...

27 Jun2012

RIO+20: Earth Summit Negotiated the Size of the Zero

Published by Inter Press Service

Inter Press Service, 2012-06-07. RIO+20: Earth Summit Negotiated the Size of the Zero By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jun 7 2012 (IPS) - Amidst much political fanfare, the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro concluded with the adoption of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the landmark Agenda 21 blueprint for a sustainable future in the 21st century. Still, there was widespread disappointment over the final outcome of that conference – primarily because there were no firm funding commitments by the world’s rich nations. (...)...

22 Jun2012

Right sentiment, wrong problems, poor solutions

Published by The Telegraph

The Telegraph, 19 Jun 2012 By Bjorn Lomborg Rio+20: Right sentiment, wrong problems, poor solutions World leaders gathered in Rio for the Rio+20 Earth Summit are looking at the wrong problems, writes Bjorn Lomborg. It is great that world leaders are gathering in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations’ ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit. They definitely have the right sentiment, wanting to help the planet. Unfortunately, they will achieve little because they are focusing on poor solutions for the wrong problems. Ultimately, the summit is a missed opportunity to tackle the most important...

21 Jun2012

Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now

Published by Foreign Affairs

FOREIGN AFFAIRS 2012 July/August By Bjorn Lomborg. Forty years ago, humanity was warned: by chasing ever-greater economic growth, it was sentencing itself to catastrophe. Based on forecasts from an intricate series of computer models developed by professors at MIT, a slim 1972 volume called The Limits to Growth caused a sensation and captured the zeitgeist of the era: the belief that mankind's escalating wants were on a collision course with the world's finite resources and that the crash would be coming soon. The best-selling report told humanity that the only way to avoid a crash...

21 Jun2012

A Sound Bite on Limits to Growth

Published by BBC

BBC Radio 4's The Today 2012-06-19 Bjorn Lomborg BBC asked Dennis Meadows, co-author of Limits to Growth, to debate its predictions, but he said no sound bite would convince people who would listen to people like Lomborg. Yet, this debate is not about sound bites, Lomborg explains on the BBC Today program. It really is about a 40 year track record of spectacularly bad predictions. Limits to Growth set the agenda for worrying about the wrong problems with poor solutions...

16 Jun2012

Fareed Zakaria GPS : Lomborg on environmentalism

Published by CNN

2012-06-17 CNN Fareed Zakaria GPS: Lomborg on environmentalism. Lomborg on the UN's conference on sustainable development...

14 Jun2012

Lomborg: Research Is The Way Ahead for Preserving Biodiversity

Published by Forbes India

Biodiversity campaigners should push the case for more R&D, rather than putting out alarming figures or pictures of endangered cuddly animals Forbes India By Bjorn Lomborg.Jun 14, 2012 Disappearing biodiversity has increasingly received mainstream media attention in the past few years. Often, biodiversity campaigners have attempted to capture our attention with pictures of cuddly endangered animals, or alarming figures about the rate of disappearing species.They use cuddly animals because people are much more inclined to care more about so-called “charismatic animals” (larger...

14 Jun2012

The Debate: Should we be doing more to combat climate change?

Published by The Independent

The Independent. Read the opinion of Bjorn Lomborg and Tony Jupiter. By Laura DavisWednesday, 13 June 2012 Fifty years ago, few people cared about pollution, deforestation, whaling or the Ozone layer. But even with an increasing awareness of issues concerning the environment, there is still a long way to go. This week The Independent is looking at the successes and failures of the Green Movement at 50, with a series of blogs and features centred around the question: “Has the environment movement been a success?”...

13 Jun2012

Lomborg's article: Wrongheaded in Rio

Published by Project Syndicate

Project Syndicate2012-06-13 Bjorn Lomborg Project Syndicate Tens of thousands of people will soon gather in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Earth Summit. The participants, ranging from weary politicians to enthusiastic campaigners, are supposed to reignite global concern for the environment. Unfortunately, the summit is likely to be a wasted opportunity.

4 Jun2012

Article in the Guardian: Ignore the heart-wrenching pictures and focus on the benefits of aid

Published by The Guardian

Posted by Bjørn Lomborg. Monday 4 June 2012 09.00 BST Targeted financial assistance offers a middle path between the arguments for and against higher development spending. Despite tough recession budgets, the UK has decided to let development spending increase. The international development secretary Andrew Mitchell described spending on aid as "not only from the British people but for the British people", contributing to "a strong, more prosperous and safer world". USAid is reducing or cutting programmes because of budget shortfalls. Australia's Labour government is...

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