Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

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.

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...

19 Dec2014

Smart Ways to Tackle Poverty

Published by Huffington Post

There's a large number of proposals on how to address poverty in the post-2015 development agenda -- from more social inclusion to full employment, more happiness, increased resilience and more. A new paper argues to continue focusing on reducing extreme poverty and drop the rest, as Lomborg writes for Huffington Post.

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...

7 Dec2014

Cambio climático: ¿es realmente tan importante?

Published by El Comercio

In the context of the UN Climate Summit in Lima, Lomborg was interviewed by Peruvian newspaper El Comercio on climate change and the best responses to it.

21 Nov2014

The United Nations needs a shorter, stronger game plan for humanity

Published by Washington Post

In a world prone to fickle media attention to short-term crises, we often neglect to consider a long-term game plan for humanity. But right now the world’s 193 governments are gearing up to set our priorities for the next decade and a half at the United Nations’ annual meeting in September 2015. This is a debate worth having, but almost no one has heard anything about it.

1 Nov2014

Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals

Published by Foreign Affairs

The November/December 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs features a 9 page article by Dr. Lomborg. “Promises to Keep: Crafting Better Development Goals”, highlights the work of the Post-2015 Consensus and the valuable knowledge the project is injecting into the post-2015 debate.

16 Oct2014

Feeding people is smart: It's the best investment to do good in the world

Published by Economic Times

2 billion people in the world are still malnourished, and more than 800 million suffer from chronic hunger. Economic research shows that providing adequate nutrition to pre-schoolers is the best way to spend a dollar to do good in the world. Nutrition is not just about avoiding hunger and securing human decency. If you don’t get enough food, you don’t develop – we see this in kids being stunted, that is growing less than they should. Lack of food and micronutrients also affects their muscle and brain growth; it damages spatial navigation and memory formation, leading to loss of cognitive...

14 Oct2014

Dirty Development Money

Published by Project Syndicate

One of the biggest problems affecting the world’s poor is one that few have ever heard about: illicit financial flows. Though such flows cost people in Djibouti, Congo, and Chad more than one-fifth of their incomes every year, they almost never make headlines. With the world preparing to establish the specific targets that will guide global development efforts for the next 15 years, the time to change that is now.