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Bjorn Lomborg

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27 Apr2015

The surprising problem that is the greatest environmental danger to women and children

Published by New York Times - Women in the World

The world’s greatest environmental threat disproportionately harms women and children, particularly in the developing world: it is indoor air pollution. The World Health Organization estimates that indoor pollution kills 4.3 million people a year, mainly because 2.8 billion people still use firewood, dung and coal for cooking and keeping warm, breathing polluted air inside their homes every day. Indoor air pollution from cooking and heating with open fires can cause harm equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

23 Apr2015

The Right Health Investments

Published by Project Syndicate

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic has dominated headlines for much of the last year. But, as devastating as that outbreak has been, its death toll of less than 20,000 people is dwarfed by that of preventable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, which together caused more than three million deaths in 2013, hitting the world’s poorest people the hardest. This need not be the case; indeed, addressing these diseases would be an extraordinarily good investment.

17 Apr2015

It’s time to stop subsidizing fossil fuels

Published by Globe and Mail

Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is an obvious target for the world’s next development goals. The world spends $548 billion subsidizing fossil fuels, mostly in developing countries. A disproportionate share of the subsidies goes to the middle class and the rich – after all, they are the ones who can afford a car in poor countries. Now is the time to cut fossil fuel subsidies. Thanks to plummeting oil prices, it is easier to reduce the subsidies needed to guarantee regulated consumer prices, taking off public pressure against such reforms. Cutting fossil fuel subsidies will help the...

12 Mar2015

The Price of Biodiversity

Published by Project Syndicate

Biodiversity - the species we share our planet with - is under pressure. Post-2015 Consensus research finds that a global target to prevent the loss of coral reefs will gives at least $24 of environmental benefits per dollar spent. Likewise, reducing the current loss of forests by half would likely do about $10 of good for each dollar spent. However, increasing protected areas, because it is very costly but only somewhat helpful, is likely to do less than $1 of good per dollar spent.

22 Feb2015

Electric car benefits? Just myths

Published by USA Today

It is time to stop our green worship of the electric car. It costs us a fortune, cuts little CO2 and surprisingly kills almost twice the number of people compared with regular gasoline cars.

1 Feb2015

The Alarming Thing About Climate Alarmism

Published by Wall Street Journal

We have to put the omni-present narrative that our climate is changing for the worse in perspective. While some indicators are indeed getting worse, the data shows that others are improving. But the prevalent alarmism in the climate debate prevents us from finding smart smart solutions, and most campaigners focus on very expensive but inefficient policies.

26 Jan2015

Strengthen Health Systems To Reduce Premature Deaths

Published by Time

Last year, life expectancy on the planet reached 70. This is remarkable progress — just 115 years ago in 1900, life expectancy was around 30. In Roman times, life expectancy was about 22 years. Compared to a century ago, each of us has now been granted more than two lifetimes

19 Jan2015

Ebola kills far fewer than Aids, TB and malaria. What should we prioritise?

Published by The Guardian

Ebola got most of the attention in 2014. It killed about 8,000 people. Meanwhile, over the same period of time about 3.6 million people died from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. The truth is that despite great progress in healthcare, much of the world is still blighted by preventable disease, with the poorest people suffering the most. The good news is that tackling these diseases turns out to be an extraordinary good investment. The Copenhagen Consen sus Center has just published new studies that show effective, clear strategies and targets that would dramatically reduce the burden...

14 Jan2015

The Digital Road From Poverty

Published by Project Syndicate

What would happen if we brought broadband internet to 3 billion people in the developing world? Clearly, the rapid rollout of broadband services has transformed the lives of people in the industrialized world, and there is every reason to expect that developing countries could benefit at least as much. It would enable a host of new enterprises and all the spillovers that come with it - more jobs, greater efficiency, bigger markets for goods and services, and faster innovatio n. It would also assist in achieving better outcomes in education, health and poverty reduction. In short, it would...

16 Dec2014

Why innovation is the best path to a climate solution

Published by The Globe and Mail

The UN Climate Summit in Lima achieved little, just like the previous meetings for more than 20 years. As the saying goes, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” For the past 20 years, the traditional climate approach has been clear and single-minded: we must subsidize the deployment of renewable sources of energy, such as wind turbines and solar cells to reduce our CO2 emissions – the so-called reduction pathway. Yet, today, after endless climate summits and good intentions, the world gets just 0.4 per cent of its energy from solar and wind...

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