Better nutrition for infants results in a lowered rate of disease and a boost in productivity throughout life.


Bjorn Lomborg

Electric cars cost much but help the climate little

If you listen to the media, a green automotive future has arrived and a tsunami of electric cars is transforming the planet and solving climate change. We need a reality check. Globally, fewer than 0.3% of all cars are pure electric. The IEA estimates that each electric car on the road has cost $US24,000 in subsidies, R&D and extra infrastructure investment. And even if we could increase the number of electric cars from 5 to 130 million electric cars in 10 years, emissions would be reduced by only 0.4 per cent of global emissions.

Lomborg argues in his new column that today, electric cars are simply expensive gadgets heavily subsidised for the wealthy to feel good while doing very little for the planet. The article has been published around the globe, including in The Australian, The New Zealand Herald, Berlingske (Denmark), Milenio (Mexico), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), La Prensa (Nicaragua) and Perfil (Argentina).

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Feeling good v. doing good

Global warming is a problem that we should tackle... smartly. But climate change will not mark the end of the world. The UN’s best estimate of the costs of unmitigated global warming by the end of the century is about 4% of global GDP. This is a problem, not an emergency. In our eagerness to enact climate policies, we could easily end up making the world worse off -- even if we tackle climate smartly, the policies could end up costing as much as 16% of global GDP or more.

And crucially, for most of the world's 7.5 billion people, climate change comes far down the list of priorities when faced with infant mortality from easily curable diseases and malnutrition, suffering from poor education and low energy access.

Watch Bjorn Lomborg's full lecture for the The Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, Australia.

The smartest ways to help the world

During his visit to Australia, Bjorn Lomborg sat down with former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson to discuss climate change policy, the recent Australian bushfires, and what we can do to help the world's poorest people in the most effective way.

Better nutrition for prosperous future

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are the most critical for their future health. Nutrition in the prenatal stage and early childhood is fundamental to guaranteeing overall health and wellbeing, and it brings multiple benefits to the economy through a lowered rate of avoidable disease, and a boost in productivity throughout life.

Researchers for the Ghana Priorities project found that nutritional interventions such as micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy, breastfeeding promotion and complementary feeding promotion for infants promise great returns, with social benefits of $18, $24 and $36 respectively for every dollar spent.

Learn more in Bjorn Lomborg and Prof. Richmond Aryeetey's op-ed for Ghana's leading newspaper Daily Graphic.

The smartest ways to save lives

Infant and maternal mortality are important indicators of a nation’s wellbeing and the overall quality of its health system. Over the last three decades, Ghana has achieved much improved primary care for mothers and children, but mortality rates are still significantly higher than the targets of the UN's SDGs.

For Ghana Priorities, researchers have studied the effect of scaling up three strategic health systems interventions that have brought great results for maternal and child health. Their research makes a strong case for a comprehensive, holistic approach to strengthen the health system and save lives.

Each dollar spent can achieve benefits worth up to $38, as Bjorn Lomborg explains in Ghana's leading newspaper Daily Graphic and on LinkedIn.

Lomborg on social media:

Let's stop scaring children about climate change

The Sanders green energy plan is based on magical thinking

Hilarious: airlines are now using climate change as an excuse for not being on time

Using AI in agriculture

Cost of global catastrophes still declines

Dilbert and the climate blame game

More global articles and interviews:

Sanders’ drastic climate policies are not the fastest way to address climate change
Dallas Morning News (USA)

Increase investment in energy innovation
China Daily

 "Debatten om, hvorvidt jorden er i fare, er en ren og skær medieopsat diskussion"
Euroman (Denmark)

Menschen können unter Wasser überleben
Euro (Germany)

El foco no está en los incendios
Milenio (Mexico)

¿Guerras climáticas?
La Prensa (Nicaragua)

Fossilfritt hade inte räddat Australiens skogar
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

Nie palmy pieniędzy na ołtarzu zielonej manii
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

Olbrzymi błąd MFW w ocenie subsydiów energetycznych
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

Responses to Australian bush fires are just plain wrong
New Zealand Herald

Advancing Nutritious Food Crops: The Role of the Public Sector
Outlook (India)

Stuck in air pollution and traffic congestion
The Financial Express (Bangladesh)

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to do good in the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was named Think Tank of the Year in International Affairs by Prospect Magazine. It has repeatedly been top-ranked by University of Pennsylvania in its global overview of think tanks.

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in dozens of newspapers across all continents.
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