Bjorn Lomborg

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27 Oct2021

Climate Activists Blow Smoke on Wildfire Fears

Published by Wall Street Journal

Add wildfires to the long list of natural disasters that are overhyped in climate coverage. It scares adults and kids alike, as when Rep. Katie Porter’s (D., Calif.) 9-year-old daughter worries: “The Earth is on fire and we’re all going to die soon.” This simply isn’t true.

27 Oct2021

Funding green research is the most effective way to tackle climate change

Published by The Globe and Mail

In their bids to showcase climate leadership ahead of the approaching United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), world leaders are once again talking of ambitious carbon reduction targets. U.S. President Joe Biden, for example, has set the goal of creating “a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and net zero emissions economy by no later than 2050.” Most rich countries’ governments have formulated similar ambitions.

25 Oct2021

Lad være med at gentage dyre bud på klimaløsninger, der ikke virker

Published by Jyllands-Posten

Den virkelige udfordring ved den nuværende tilgang til klimapolitikken er, at så længe det er dyrt at skære udledninger, vil lederne tale i et væk, mens de gør meget lidt.

22 Oct2021

Dagens klimapolitikk har ingen effekt

Published by Bergens Tidende

I sine forsøk på å vise klimalederskap i forkant av FNs kommende klimatoppmøte i Glasgow (COP26), snakker verdens ledere igjen om ambisiøse utslippskutt. For eksempel har USAs president Joe Biden satt seg som mål å skape «en kraftsektor fri for CO₂-forurensing innen 2035 og en økonomi med netto nullutslipp senest i 2050». Regjeringer i de fleste rike land har formulert liknende ambisjoner.

21 Oct2021

Climate Change Calls for Adaptation, Not Panic

Published by Wall Street Journal

It’s easy to construct climate disasters. You just find a current, disconcerting trend and project it into the future, while ignoring everything humanity could do to adapt. For instance, one widely reported study found that heat waves could kill thousands more Americans by the end of the century if global warming continues apace—but only if you assume people won’t use more air conditioning. Yes, the climate is likely to change, but so is human behavior in response.

14 Oct2021

Biden’s Climate Ambitions Are Too Costly for Voters

Published by Wall Street Journal

Politicians across the world routinely promise unprecedented reductions of carbon emissions but make little mention of the cost, often covering with vivid projections of green jobs. Yet the economic damage these policies would do is much greater than what most voters would tolerate, while the climate benefits are smaller than many would imagine.

8 Oct2021

New technology is the answer to climate change: Lomborg

Published by FOX News

Copenhagen Consensus President Bjorn Lomborg argues that significant technological advancement will be the solution for climate change.

7 Oct2021

Climate Change Barely Affects Poverty

Published by Wall Street Journal

The World Health Organization estimates that climate change will cause an additional 250,000 deaths each year in the two decades following 2030, mostly among the world’s poor. The WHO compared the real world with an imaginary one in which there’s no climate change, calculating the difference in deaths from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, dengue fever, flooding and heat.

30 Sep2021

Want to Lock Down for the Climate?

Published by Wall Street Journal

From the news to late-night shows, much of the media makes it sound as if renewables are on the verge of taking over. But that’s far from reality. In 2019, the latest complete year of data, 81% of the world’s energy supply came from fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency. Even if all nations were to fulfill their current climate promises, the IEA estimates that fossil-fuel use would still make up 73% by 2040.

23 Sep2021

Even With Climate Change, the World Isn’t Doomed

Published by Wall Street Journal

Young people across the world are terrified of climate change, according to a forthcoming Lancet study. More than 45% of people 16 to 25 in the 10 countries surveyed are so worried that it affects their daily life and functioning. Almost half of young Americans believe “humanity is doomed,” and two-thirds think “the future is frightening.” But while climate change is a problem, panic is unwarranted.