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Bjørn Lomborg

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Empty Gestures on Climate Change

Published On: December 29, 2019 11:21 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

MALMÖ – Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, wash your clothes in cold water, eat less meat, recycle more, and buy an electric car: we are being bombarded with instructions from climate campaigners, environmentalists, and the media about the everyday steps we all must take to tackle climate change. Unfortunately, these appeals trivialize the challenge of global warming, and divert our attention from the huge technological and policy changes that are needed to combat it.

Humans can survive underwater

Published On: November 26, 2019 11:50 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

DALLAS – The latest alarming news about climate change is that huge swaths of densely inhabited land will be underwater by 2050, with their cities “erased.” These reports—which appeared in The New York Times and many other media outlets—are based on a good research paper by scientists at Climate Central, but they get the story wrong.

Why family planning is a smart investment

Published On: October 24, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

PRAGUE – Political crises, scandals, and dysfunction continue to dominate the global news agenda. Unsurprisingly, therefore, many people missed the United Kingdom’s announcement last month that it will spend £600 million ($779 million) to provide 20 million more women and girls in the developing world with access to family planning.

How climate policies hurt the poor

Published On: September 29, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

NEW YORK – Over the past 25 years, nearly 1.2 billion people around the world have been lifted out of poverty, while both malnutrition and the risk of death from air pollution have decreased. Taken together, these achievements are nothing short of a miracle. But two global trends now threaten to slow the momentum in reducing poverty.

Danger of climate doomsayers

Published On: August 28, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

Doom and gloom distort our worldview and can lead to bad policies. The future is bright, and we need smart decisions to keep it so

The nutrition challenge

Published On: July 24, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

The world has made huge progress in combating mass starvation over the past 30 years. Yet, globally, food deprivation still claims a child’s life every three seconds

Why GDP still matters

Published On: June 25, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

GDP remains the single best indicator to guide government policies. Ignoring it in favor of alternative measures of wellbeing is likely to lower people’s overall quality of life

Cheaper to talk

Published On: May 26, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

Empty rhetoric that ignores economic reality and common sense will not help the planet

World Bank must change course

Published On: April 15, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

BRUSSELS – Critics have called new World Bank president David Malpass an arsonist in charge of a fire department, because of past comments he made on Bank salaries and loans to China. But it’s far more important to focus on improving progress toward the World Bank’s core mission of ending extreme poverty.

On global warming

Published On: March 17, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

A truly global poll shows that climate change is people’s lowest priority, far behind health

Faking it on climate change

Published On: February 28, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

We need to move away from a response to climate change that relies on undeliverable promises of carbon neutrality

Making every dollar count

Published On: January 27, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

Cost-benefit analysis can play a vital role in shining a light on interventions and investments that achieve the most for every dollar spent

Truth of global warming

Published On: December 23, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

Climate change seems to freeze our capacity for critical thinking: We are too eager to believe the problem is far worse than science shows

Ban the beef?

Published On: December 2, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

Eating meat is fast becoming as repellant as smoking to many green campaigners

The “No-Growth” prescription for misery

Published On: October 27, 2018 12:05 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

LONDON – From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels.

Global cost of domestic violence

Published On: October 2, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

The cost of domestic violence adds up to an astonishing 5.2 percent of global GDP each year

A better world is here

Published On: August 20, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

The world is more literate, child labor has been dropping and we are living in one of the most peaceful times in history

More than light

Published On: July 19, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

We must fight energy poverty and fix climate change but that requires increase in green-energy research and development

On anti-poverty policies

Published On: June 26, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

In fighting poverty, we should be skeptical of silver bullets and ensure that every policy, however well intentioned, receives deep scrutiny

Do children cause global warming?

Published On: May 27, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Bjørn Lomborg

One extra child means perhaps 90 years of CO2 emissions, which at worst would remain at around today’s level of about 15 tons per person annually