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Bjorn Lomborg



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Past articles by Bjorn:

Good News, the World Is Getting Better

"Climate change fear is causing life-changing anxiety. You might be hearing nothing but bad news, but that doesn’t mean that you’re hearing the full story." ~ Bjorn Lomborg → Read More

Climate change coverage ignores heavy impact of heat on cold deaths

Too often news stories and research focus only on the negative climate change impacts. → Read More

Your electric car and vegetarian diet are pointless virtue signaling in the fight against climate change

The real way to fight climate change is to demand a vast increase in spending on green-energy research and development. → Read More

The Danger of Climate Doomsayers by Bjørn Lomborg

We need to solve climate change, but we also need to make sure that the cure isn’t more painful than the disease. Abandoning fossil fuels as quickly as possible, as many environmental activists demand, would slow the growth that has lifted billions of people out of poverty. → Read More

The Nutrition Challenge by Bjørn Lomborg

Additional investments in early childhood nutrition are crucial, and should be a high priority for donor and recipient governments, multilateral development organizations, and philanthropic foundations. The case for such spending is clear, and the payoffs will almost certainly be enormous. → Read More

Why GDP Still Matters by Bjørn Lomborg

New Zealand’s focus on wellbeing, rather than GDP, may have the best of intentions. But if GDP does not increase, the government will have less money for its grand schemes. And compared to what it could have had, the country will have less overall wellbeing, worse environmental performance, and weaker human capital. → Read More

It’s Cheaper to Talk than to Cut Emissions by Bjørn Lomborg

Environmental protesters and politicians around the world are calling for countries to become carbon neutral by 2050, if not sooner. These proposals get a lot of attention, but they would incur far higher costs than almost any electorate is willing to pay. → Read More

The World Bank Must Change Course by Bjørn Lomborg

The World Bank does a lot of important and effective work, especially in health and education, but its climate policies are poorly considered. The Bank’s new president, David Malpass, should refocus the institution on its core mission of eradicating poverty – including the energy poverty that wrecks so many lives. → Read More

Greta Thunberg, student protesters should demand better solutions to climate change

What could Greta Thunberg and other kids do that would make a real difference? They could help reveal when grown-up politicians make things up. → Read More

Overheating About Global Warming by Bjørn Lomborg

Decades of climate-change exaggeration in the West have produced frightened children, febrile headlines, and unrealistic political promises. The world needs a cooler approach that addresses climate change smartly without scaring us needlessly and that pays heed to the many other challenges facing the planet. → Read More

Faking It on Climate Change by Bjørn Lomborg

Because honest and deep emissions cuts are staggeringly hard to make, achieving carbon neutrality anytime soon is an empty ambition for almost everywhere. But countries continue to make big promises and massage their emissions numbers to give a false sense of progress on combating global warming. → Read More

Making Every Development Dollar Count by Bjørn Lomborg

In international polls and on the world stage, developing countries are very clear about their priorities: improved healthcare and education, more and better jobs, less corruption, and solutions to nutritional challenges. Unfortunately, these areas are not necessarily where rich countries direct funds. → Read More

Truth is the First Casualty of Global Warming by Bjørn Lomborg

The truth about climate change is nuanced: it is real, and in the long term it will be a problem, but its impact is less than we might believe. And yet we are too eager to believe the problem is far worse than science shows, and – conversely – that our solutions are far easier than reality dictates. → Read More

Another climate summit means more expensive, ineffective promises

Further innovation, not inadequate existing technology, is the best response to climate change → Read More

Ban the Beef? by Bjørn Lomborg

For many environmental campaigners, eating meat is fast becoming as repellant as smoking – behavior to be discouraged or even banned. But is your hamburger really to blame for climate change, and would going vegetarian really help? → Read More

The “No-Growth” Prescription for Misery by Bjørn Lomborg

A growing number of academics are claiming that economic growth must stop because the planet is crossing environmental boundaries, and inequality between humans is increasing. They are wrong on both counts, and their agenda is a recipe for keeping poor people poor. → Read More

Don't panic over U.N. climate change report

Increase spending on green energy research and development, writes Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. → Read More

The Global Cost of Domestic Violence by Bjørn Lomborg

It is understandable that the world would dedicate considerable attention and resources to ending war, terrorism, and refugee crises. But it turns out that tackling the scourge of domestic violence could yield much higher returns, both in terms of reduced suffering and lost productivity. → Read More

A Better World Is Here by Bjørn Lomborg

The belief that everything is getting worse paints a distorted picture of what we can do, and makes us more fearful. But while getting the facts wrong – or willfully misrepresenting them – often results in misguided policies, fact-based recognition of what humanity has achieved encourages policies that can achieve the most good. → Read More

Let There Be More Than Light by Bjørn Lomborg

Over the past 16 years, nearly every person who gained access to electricity did so through a grid connection, mostly powered by fossil fuels. And yet donors say that many of the 1.1 billion people who are still without electricity should instead try solar panels. → Read More