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Bjorn Lomborg

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19 Apr2017

Admitting what we don't know how to fix

Published by China Daily

What are the biggest problems facing humanity? A lack of education and opportunity, poverty, inequality, violence and war, and environmental degradation. These are the areas where trillions of dollars are spent in well-meaning efforts by governments and donors each year. But agreeing that a problem exists is not the same as knowing how to fix it. When it comes to development spending and philanthropy, it is too easy for money to be wasted - and opportunities missed - because this important distinction is ignored.

10 Apr2017

Powering Haiti’s Future

Published by The Huffington Post

Electricity reaches less than one-quarter of Haiti. This is an obstacle to economic and social development. Today, the biggest obstacles to the development of the electricity sector in Haiti are the weakness of institutions, systems, and poverty. Many people take electricity without paying for it, severely affecting the income of the electricity provider, and leaving it unable to fund infrastructure improvements.

6 Apr2017

Playing digital catch-up: Finding opportunities for Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

Haiti is behind the rest of the world in the digital revolution. Internet coverage remains limited and expensive. Just four percent of households have access, and fewer than 1% of Haitians have mobile Internet. Some government processes that are digitized elsewhere are still done here in the old-fashioned way. This reduces opportunities for Haitians and slows down economic growth. Haiti could be richer with faster Internet and more digitization. The research project Haiti Priorise is releasing two research papers that examine different ways to get more from the digital revolution. The first...

5 Apr2017

The flawed thinking at the heart of the renewable energy swindle

Published by The Spectator

A new report revealing that using wood pellets to generate electricity can actually speed up global warming should be the final nail in the coffin for the flawed policy of biomass subsidies. Policies designed to incentivise green energy use are not only having a dubious effect on climate change, they are destroying biodiversity and even killing many thousands of people.

4 Apr2017

Two opportunities to reduce poverty

Published by The Huffington Post

Rampant inflation, food insecurity and the exchange rate affect many in Haiti. The reduction of poverty, which affects almost 60 percent of the population, is understandably a central goal. In his first speech, President Jovenel Moïse spoke of “a Haiti where the inhabitants do not only struggle against poverty; a Haiti where everyone can find a better life.”

29 Mar2017

Trump cuts show Paris treaty is a paper tiger: Bjorn Lomborg

Published by USA Today

President Trump’s executive order eliminating President Obama’s standards for power plants guts the main U.S. measure to reduce harmful carbon emissions, and in doing so reveals the emptiness of the Paris climate treaty. The science is clear-cut: Climate change is real and mostly caused by humanity. Obama committed America to major carbon cuts. According to the International Energy Agency, the U.S. promised to cut more energy-related CO2 emissions than any country in the world from 2013 to 2025, under the Paris climate treaty.

28 Mar2017

Putting Girls’ Education First

Published by The Huffington Post

Girls’ education is one of the most powerful things that any nation can invest in, because it creates large and lasting social and economic benefits. Girls who are well-educated go on to lead more empowered, prosperous lives. They delay pregnancy until they are older, affecting maternal and infant mortality rates. And they raise healthier children, creating a virtuous cycle with inter-generational benefits. Globally, if all girls completed primary school, the number of maternal deaths would be cut by two-thirds, the number of child marriages would drop by 14 percent, infant mortality would...

25 Mar2017

Earth Hour is bad for the poor

Published by USA Today

At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the U.S. and around the world, around one billion people are expected to switch off their lights for one hour as a political statement against climate change and fossil fuels, and in support of carbon cuts and renewable energy. This feel-good exercise not only does absolutely nothing for the planet, but it ignores the reality that what the world’s poorest need right now is more light and energy, much of which will be powered by fossil fuels, not darkness.

23 Mar2017

Using Data to Find the Middle Ground

Published by Project Syndicate

A sad reality of this hyper-partisan, politicized era is that many policy proposals are immediately identified as either “left-wing” or “right-wing” and lauded and derided by partisans as if by rote, with little room for discussion about soundness or impact. But there is an alternative that could help us get past this political divisiveness: using data to help us focus on the policies and investments that would have the biggest positive impact on society. This may sound like an idealistic thought experiment dreamed up in an ivory tower, but data-driven policies are having a real-world impact...

22 Mar2017

Tough Choices to Improve Haiti’s Emergency Response Network

Published by The Huffington Post

Hundreds or even thousands of lives could be saved every year by improving the ambulance network, or by training paramedics and first aid volunteers, according to new research for Haiti Priorise. In Haiti in 2013 and 2014, more than half-a-million accidents and emergencies resulted in 9000 deaths. Fewer than two percent were attended by free ambulances. Improving the emergency response system is a challenge for many developing nations. Trauma patients are six-times more likely to die in low-income countries than in rich ones.

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