Bjorn Lomborg

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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...

29 May2012

Poverty Pollutes: Can we have our Earth Summit back, please?

Published by Newsweek

Newsweek Bjorn Lomborg 2012-05-28 A message from Bjørn Lomborg to organizers of the Rio+20 environmental summit: poverty pollutes. The upcoming United Nations green summit in Rio de Janeiro is in trouble—and with good reason. The planners of the mammoth event have been unable to agree on just what to say in the outcome document, ironically called “The Future We Want.” This week, dignitaries are meeting in New York City for a final attempt to find common ground. It won’t be easy. Over the past four decades, the U.N.’s concern for “green” issues has...

25 May2012

Leading economists list cheapest ways to save the world

Published by The India Times

The Indian Times India Times, 14 May, 2012. Leading economists have ranked how to best and most cost-effectively invest to solve many of the world's seemingly insurmountable problems, a Danish think-tank said Monday, calling for a shift in global priorities. "It may not sound sexy, but solving the problems of diarrhoea, worms and malnutrition will do good for more of the world's poor than other more grandiose interventions," Bjoern Lomborg, who heads the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, said in a statement. His think-tank on Monday presented the results of its third global...

21 May2012

The Smartest Ways to Save the World

Published by Project Syndicate

May 16, 2012By Bjorn Lomborg Project Syndicate COPENHAGEN – If you had $75 billion to spend over the next four years and your goal was to advance human welfare, especially in the developing world, how could you get the most value for your money? That is the question that I posed to a panel of five top economists, including four Nobel laureates, in the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 project. The panel members were chosen for their expertise in prioritization and their ability to use economic principles to compare policy choices...

16 May2012

How Better Nutrition for Children Helps Solve Two of the World’s Biggest Problems

Published by Slate

How Better Nutrition for Children Helps Solve Two of the World’s Biggest Problems A group of Nobel laureates analyze the cost-effectiveness of solutions to the world's biggest problems By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Monday, May 14, 2012, at 1:53 PM ET Over the past two weeks, I have challenged Slate readers to decide what priority to give competing ways to help the planet. We looked at 10 topics, from biodiversity to water and sanitation. In total, there were nearly 40 investment proposals, each with a cost and its own set of benefits...

14 May2012

Copenhagen Consensus Conference 2012: The Expert Panel Findings

Published by Copenhagen Consensus

The goal of Copenhagen Consensus 2012 was to set priorities among a series of proposals for confronting ten great global challenges. A panel of economic experts, comprising some of the world’s most distinguished economists, was invited to consider these issues. The ten challenge papers, commissioned from acknowledged authorities in each area of policy, included nearly 40 proposals for the panel’s consideration. During the conference the panel examined these proposals in detail. Each Challenge Paper was discussed at length with its principal author, and the experts met in private...

10 May2012

Slate: To Educate Children, We Have To Teach Their Parents

Published by Slate

To Educate Children, We Have To Teach Their Parents We can improve education in poor countries by showing parents the importance of schooling. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 2:06 PM ET Over the past 50 years, remarkable progress has been made ensuring that children receive basic education. More than 60 percent of adults in low-income countries can read and write, whereas in 1962, just one-third were literate. Today, nearly nine in 10 children around the world complete primary school. Read it online Art BL 2012-05-10 Slate Education.pdf

9 May2012

Slate: War Is a Long, Messy Hell

Published by Slate

War Is a Long, Messy Hell And it’s more important than ever that we try to prevent it in the first place. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 3:10 PM ET Without peace and stability, there are impediments to solving every other challenge that we have looked at in the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 series. Armed conflict is a major global problem that disproportionately affects the world’s poorest. Not a single low-income country afflicted by violence has achieved even one of the eight Millennium Development goals...

8 May2012

Slate: Can You Really Make Clouds Whiter and More Reflective?

Published by Slate

Can You Really Make Clouds Whiter and More Reflective? Scientists are getting there, and it might be the one of the best ways to fight climate change. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Of all of the issues in the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 project, climate change is perhaps the most talked-about and charged. Although efforts to strike an international climate deal have come to naught, more newspaper space and celebrity attention has been devoted to this issue in the past decade than any other.

7 May2012

Slate: We Still Need to Save the Rain Forests

Published by Slate

We Still Need to Save the Rain Forests Biodiversity efforts are often targeted toward saving cute animals. But the real problem is disappearing forests, wetlands, and mangroves. By Bjørn Lomborg Posted Monday, May 7, 2012