CL Lomborg: El mensaje unilateral no funciona


El mensaje unilateral no funciona

El calentamiento global es un problema importante, pero el riesgo es que se nos presente un mensaje unilateral ineficaz. Tenemos que abordar el fenómeno de forma inteligente y ayudar donde es realmente importante.

por Bjorn Lomborg - 07/04/2014 - 04:00

EL INFORME del Panel Intergubernamental de Expertos sobre el Cambio Climático (IPCC) de la ONU se publicó este 31 de marzo. Muchas respuestas de los medios de...


India’s GM crop success


It's time to retire the myth that Bt cotton is to blame for farmer suicides in India. Opponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) claim that the proliferation of GM crops like Bt cotton has placed enormous...


Germany’s energy policy is expensive, harmful and short-sighted


Germany is a showcase for how-not-to in green energy. It is pumping hundreds of billions of euros into subsidies for ineffective and unreliable solar panels and wind turbines that leave poor people struggling to pay...


The Poverty of Renewables


MIAMI – According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change harms the poor first and worst.” This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and have the least resources with which to adapt. But we often forget that current policies to address global warming make...


NL: "Het klimaat is niet ons grootste probleem"

"Het klimaat is niet ons grootste probleem"


Door: Han van de Wiel

Bron: OneWorld

Hij gooit weer eens de knuppel in het milieuhoenderhok. In zijn nieuwste boek constateert Bjørn Lomborg dat we de belangrijkste wereldproblemen wel zo’n beetje hebben opgelost, en dat ontwikkelingslanden meer hebben aan kolencentrales dan aan zonne- en windenergie. Interview met een sloper van heilige klimaathuisjes.


Een lang,...


The Davos Apocalypse


FORT LAUDERDALE – At the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos last month, leading participants called for a rapid shift to cleaner energy to tackle climate change. There is something unsettling about the global power elite jetting into an exclusive Swiss ski resort...


Obama energy policy hurts African poor


Is it fair to use climate policies to keep poor people poor?

It is great to electrify Africa. But not with renewables.

If Obama spends the next $10 billion on gas electrification, he can help lift 90 million people out of energy...


The Realism of Global Optimism


PRAGUE – Read a newspaper or watch the evening news, and the world always seems to be getting worse. One problem after another is put under a spotlight. The more death, destruction, and despair, the better. As one Danish journalism textbook puts it: “A good story is usually...


A Report Card for Humanity: 1900-2050


Will we be living better in 2050 than our predecessors did in 1900? The discussion over the state of the world, and whether things are getting better or worse, is not new. Scientists and philosophers have debated the topic for centuries. From Malthus to The...


The great biofuels scandal

2013-12-17, The Telegraph

Last week, the EU missed an opportunity to end the most wasteful green programme of our time – one which costs billions of pounds annually and causes at least 30 million people to go hungry every year. By failing to agree a cap on the use of biofuels, the...


Lomborg gives keynote speech to UN


Before the UN sets the...


The Power to Develop


Trade-offs are an inherent part of life. We all recognize this from our private budgets. To fix the roof, we may have to accept a less extravagant summer vacation. When we pick a cheaper wine, we can splurge on dessert. 

Trade-offs also pervade environmental policy:...


The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels


THERE’S a lot of hand-wringing about our warming planet, but billions of people face a more immediate problem: They are desperately poor, and many cook and heat their homes using open fires or leaky stoves that burn dirty fuels like wood, dung, crop waste and coal. About 3.5...


At last, a Plan B to stop global warming



The last twenty years of international climate negotiations have achieved almost nothing and have done so at enormous economic cost. Japan’s courageous announcement that it is scrapping its unrealistic targets and focusing instead on development of green technologies...


The Climate-Policy Trap


Today’s policies to combat climate change cost much more than the benefits they produce. Unfortunately, bad political choices often make these policies even less cost-effective.  Consider the European Union’s 20-20 policy, which targets a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions below...


Green Energy Is the Real Subsidy Hog


Subsidizing first-generation, inefficient green energy might make well-off people feel good about themselves, but it won't transform the energy market. Yet when inefficient green subsidies are criticized, their defenders can be relied on to point out that the world...


Let us talk about our future


What kind of Australia do you want in 2040? What kind of jobs will be available to the next generation? And how do you want your society to look in three decades?  It is a conversation conducted far too rarely, overshadowed by day-to-day policy battles and the...


How is the World Doing? A Global Scorecard, 1900-2050


One of the longest-running big picture debates is between optimists and pessimists  arguing the state of the world. Pessimists  have constantly painted a dystopian future from Malthus and Jevons to the 1972 book Limits to Growth. Optimists have cheerfully...


A Better World Is Here



What an increasingly wonderful world


Ignore the doomsters: on nearly every measure our planet is getting fairer, healthier and safer.

Read the article online:


Is the world getting better or worse?


FOR the past half century, a fundamental debate has raged between optimists and pessimists over the state of the world. Pessimists build their case on overpopulation, starvation and depletion of resources. Optimists stand for the infallibility of the market economy.



Portrait: The Resilient Environmentalist


Australian science magazine COSMOS features a 5-page portrait of Bjorn Lomborg in its October/November edition.

Read more online or in the pdf below.


Lomborg comments on IPCC report for TV and radio stations worldwide


Broadcasters around the world booked Bjorn Lomborg as a commentator on the new report the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released on September 27. Moreover, his press...


Climate Activists Need to Dial Back on the Panic


On Friday, the U.N. climate panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), produced its first overview in six years. It wasn’t about panic and catastrophe, which unfortunately has dominated our climate debate, leading to expensive but ineffective policies.

Read the...


Climate change is real, but we have time


With the first overview in six years from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it is time to raise two big questions. Why have panic and catastrophe dominated the debate? And why have the solutions presented thus far been so expensive and ineffective? We...


It’s gone too far


The precautionary principle used to work. It was set out at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and stated that complete scientific evidence was not necessarily required in support of action on the most serious environmental threats. Unfortunately, since then, this well-...


Don’t blame climate change for extreme weather


One of the most persistent claims in the climate debate is that global warming leads to more extreme weather. Green groups and even such respectable outlets as Scientific American declare that “extreme weather is a product of climate change.” 

And the meme seems irresistible...


Global Warming Without Fear


MALMÖ – On September 26, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will present the summary of its most recent assessment report, the fifth in 23 years. Although the IPCC is not perfect – it famously predicted that all Himalayan glaciers would be gone in...


There is no bee crisis


Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no “bee-pocalypse.” There is lots of alarmist talk about colony collapse disorder, people are blaming pesticides and talking about hundreds of billions of dollars at risk. But a closer look tells a very different story....


Trashing rice, killing children


Activists have destroyed a field trial of "Golden Rice" in the Philippines. Golden Rice is genetically modified to have vitamin A. Three billion people depend on rice as their staple food, with 10% at risk for vitamin A deficiency. Thus...


The Decline of Renewable Energy


PRAGUE – Many today believe that renewable energy will let us get off fossil fuels soon. Unfortunately, the facts say otherwise.

According to International Energy Agency data, 13.12% of the world’s energy came from renewables in 1971, the first year that the IEA reported...


Keep calm and save the Earth


Bad news sells – that’s why we hear so much of it. But it can leave us with a panicked sense that the world is full of problems that urgently need to be fixed. And panic is rarely a good basis for smart policy.

Read the article...


Only cheaper ‘green’ fuels will force changes in energy use

Last week an extraordinary, scary story made climate headlines around the world: a melting Arctic could release an immense amount of methane that would dramatically increase global warming and cost the world a phenomenal $60tn. Fortunately, it is just a scare story. Of course, if you take...


Britain's Gas Chance


The United Kingdom has been reluctant to join the hydraulic-fracturing (or fracking) revolution. Yet tapping the Bowland Shale could reignite the UK economy and deliver huge cuts in CO2 emissions.

Read the op-ed...


Innovation’s vastly cheaper than green subsidies



The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently published a report that estimates global shale gas resources. These findings may have a significant impact on energy policy in the future: Shale gas increases global resources of natural gas by a whopping 47 per cent.

The shale gas revolution promises to be great...


Alarmism At World Bank Endangers Poverty Reduction


The World Bank offers a shoddy climate catastrophe in its latest report.

It is depressing the World Bank has embraced this worst-case thinking in a series of highly tendentious reports, co-written by Germany's leading doomsayer Schellnhuber and Bill Hare, long-term Climate...


Obama should confront climate change fantasies


President Obama's new climate policies outlined Tuesday include both brilliant and useless ideas. The confusion stems from Obama's unwillingness to confront three climate fantasies...



The Limits to Panic


COPENHAGEN – We often hear how the world as we know it will end, usually through ecological collapse. Indeed, more than 40 years after the Club of Rome released the mother of all apocalyptic forecasts, The Limits to Growth, its basic ideas are still with us. But time has not been...


How Free Trade Might Be the World's Best Option


British Prime Minister David Cameron has rightly put free trade on the top of the G8 agenda. It is possibly one of the best ways we could help the world foster economic prosperity and development.

Cameron writes that comprehensive free trade "could boost the income of the...


Realistic remedies for the world - Clean, affordable energy - The rational approach


Check out these videos of Bjørn Lomborg on the Ezra Levant Show.

Realistic remedies for the world



How to Spend $75 Billion to Fix the World


By Bjørn Lomborg, in Huffington Post.

The UN is pondering which goals to set for the next decades to advance human development and sustainability. A high-level panel including Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and...


Blaming Oklahoma tornadoes on global warming is simply wrong


Bjørn Lomborg was interviewed on Piers Morgan Live, CNN's primetime talk show, discussing the alleged connection between climate change and extreme weather. Watch a short clip from the interview ...


Hugging a Burning Tree


We are all brought up to recycle paper to save trees. We get countless e-mail admonitions: “Please consider the environment before printing.” Indeed, environmentalism was born with a call to preserve the forests.

But now, in the name of saving the planet from climate change...


Smart Solutions for a Better World

Interview with Bjørn Lomborg

"An approach to doing good for the world, based on cost-effectiveness considerations – for some people this means a contradiction in terms, for others it is a possible tool for shifting the switches for present and future scenarios. In every case, Bjørn Lomborg, the...


The End of the EU's Cap-and-Trade Affair


For some time, a divorce has been on the horizon. For years these sweethearts have soaked up the limelight on the international stage, but the sordid reality has sunk in. On Tuesday, a vote in the European Parliament confirmed that the love affair between the...


Earth Day's good news


USA Today

Year after year, we are treated to a message of environmental doom and gloom and admonitions on Earth Day. On the back of this sentiment in wealthy countries, governments have invested billions of dollars in inefficient, feel-good policies such as subsidizing solar...


Helping The Environment Realistically


Robert Mangino and Matt Pitzarella host the Range Resources Marcellus Shale hour, they are joined by President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and author Bjorn Lomborg.

Talk kicked off with expanded use of natural gas, some trucking companies are buying big rigs that run...


The Electric Car’s Short Circuit

Project Syndicate


Someday, the electric car will, indeed, be a great product – just not now. It costs too much; it is inconvenient; and its environmental benefits are negligible (and, in some cases, non-existent).



Are electric cars improving?

BBC Radio 4, Today programme


Few things polarise opinion more than the electric car. It is either a great way to save the planet or a really bad way to get from A to B?

The Today programme's Evan Davis wanted to find out more, and took a ride in one with an enthusiast and a...


The joy of global warming


Bjorn Lomborg's article in The Sunday Times

As I fly into a snow-bound Britain, I realise that you might be asking where global warming has gone as you shiver in the coldest March for 50 years and wonder what you will do if gas has to be rationed. I have been involved in...