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12 Dec2017

Innovation needed to fight climate change

Published by China Daily

The follow-up meeting to the 2015 Paris climate accord on Dec 12 will be slightly less impressive than the original. Having dumped the Paris Agreement, US President Donald Trump is going to skip, and China and India are sending ministers instead of their leaders. But we will hear the same defiance coming from Paris as we have heard for the past two years: the Paris Agreement will continue, even without the US. That seems hardly the point, though. The Paris Agreement is supposed to respond to global warming-and its ability to do so has always been overstated. Despite claims it will keep...

1 Dec2017

Watch out for flawed arguments about climate change and hurricanes

Published by Chicago Sun Times

In the wake of Harvey, Irma and Maria, there is intense pressure to use hurricanes to galvanize support toward carbon emissions cuts. This is unfortunate. The pundits have convinced more than half of Americans of something that is factually wrong. Hurricane Harvey had no sooner struck in August of this year than the pundits jumped in: A Politico commentator wrote, “We knew this would happen, decades ago.” Joe Romm at ThinkProgress warned ominously, “Harvey is exactly the kind of off-the-charts hurricane we can expect to see more often because of climate change.”

29 Nov2017

Klimaplaner spænder vognen for hesten

Published by Jyllands-Posten

Den amerikanske præsident Trumps beslutning om at trække landet ud af Paris-aftalen medførte en resolut reaktion fra andre verdensledere: Aftalen ville fortsætte uden USA. Men truslen mod klimasucces kommer ikke blot fra, at Trumps Hvide Hus ignorerer klimaændringer. Den kommer også fra de ledere, der stadig er med i Paris-aftalen, som nægter at se i øjnene, at de støtter en fejlslagen politik. Paris-aftalens værdi har altid været overdrevet. På trods af retorik om at holde temperaturstigninger på 2 eller endda 1,5 grader celsius anslår FN’s organ, der står for traktaten, at hvis hvert eneste...

22 Nov2017

The R&D Road to Development

Published by Project Syndicate

When famine strikes, governments and international donors step in with life-saving aid. And rich countries give more than $130 billion each year not only to feed the starving, but also to build crucial infrastructure and reduce gaps in access to education, health care, and clean water and sanitation worldwide. All of this is vitally important. But one of the most powerful investments the development community could make is not in today’s problems, but in research that will address tomorrow’s challenges. A dollar spent on research and development has been shown consistently to deliver some of...

18 Nov2017

Sluta beröm politiker som lovar sånt som 1,5 grader

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Politiker bör inte applåderas för att de säger sådant som låter trevligt, utan när de är beredda att genomdriva politik som har riktig effekt. Statsvetaren Bjørn Lomborg i Elvakaffet om hur man hjälper regeringar att få ut mest effekt för pengarna, det problematiska med orealistiska mål, om kritiken han får från sina motståndare och varför världen tveklöst kommer att vara en bättre plats om 20 år. Om gästen: Bjørn Lomborg är forskare, författare och grundare och chef för tankesmedjan Copenhagen Consensus Center. Han är också gästprofessor på handelshögskolan i Köpenhamn. Copenhagen Consensus...

13 Nov2017

Teraz nawet akceptujących zmianę klimatu nazywa się “negacjonistami

Published by Liszty z naszego sadu

Al Gore wdał się niedawno w wiele mówiącą sprzeczkę z dziennikarzem. Ross Clark ze „Spectatora” chciał spytać go o podnoszenie się poziomu wód morza w Miami, sugerowane w jego nowym filmie “An Inconvenient Sequel”. Dziennikarz zaczął wyjaśniać, że konsultował się z specjalistą w kwestii poziomu morza z Florida International University, Shimonem Wdowinskim. Gore odpowiedział: “Nigdy o nim nie słyszałem – czy jest negacjonistą?” A potem zapytał dziennikarza: „Czy pan jest negacjonistą?” Kiedy Clark odpowiedział, że jest pewien, że zmiana klimatu jest problemem, ale nie wie, jak dużym, Gore...

9 Nov2017

I costi, non solo sociali, della sottomissione femminile

Published by Il Sole 24 Ore

Nella lotteria della vita, nascere femmina in un Paese povero ti pone in una condizione di doppio svantaggio. Nei Paesi poveri le donne sono il gruppo demografico che presenta la maggiore incidenza globale di povertà, oltre alle peggiori condizioni di salute, il minor accesso all’istruzione e la più alta probabilità di essere vittime di violenza. La disuguaglianza di genere – sotto forma di esclusione dal lavoro e salari più bassi – costa al mondo il 15,5% del Pil. Negare alle donne l’opportunità di sviluppare le proprie potenzialità, per le società significa rinunciare al loro contributo...

2 Nov2017

The Green Opportunity: Having our cake and eating it too

Published by National Post

The concept of trade-offs has become unfashionable. Politicians around the world like to pretend that their choices will bring us nothing but superlative benefits. Nowhere is this whitewashing more pervasive or accepted than in climate change. There is a prevalent, comforting notion that we can have our cake and eat it too: that cutting carbon need not involve financial sacrifice. We hear this rhetoric so often that we almost don’t notice it. In announcing plans to make the UK a global hub for “green finance,” the British minister of state for climate change and industry Claire Perry said, “...

30 Oct2017

It’s impossible to meet all 169 SDG targets. Choose wisely

Published by Hindustan Times

This week, government representatives and policy experts from south and south-west Asia will gather in Kathmandu to discuss the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This is a set of targets that determines how much of national governments’ and the international development community’s budgets will be spent between now and 2030. Since the targets were passed in 2015, policy-makers are finding it difficult to deliver the extensive list of 169 different well-meaning ambitions at once. The sustainable development agenda was the result of a well-meaning but...

28 Oct2017

Digital Solutions Can Help Even The Poorest Nations Prosper

Published by Wired

Among the spending choices for governments of poorer nations, kick-starting the technological revolution may at first seem like a low priority. Compared with critical infrastructure, healthcare, or schools, improved digital access and less waiting times for birth certificates feel like luxuries that should come further down the road, or perhaps be left to private enterprise. But there is reason to rethink this. Fast economic growth is the best way to reduce poverty. A recent Tufts University study found that digitization is one of the biggest drivers of a nation’s economic success. The report...

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