The global cost of domestic abuse runs to $4.3 trillion every year


Bjorn Lomborg

The cost of domestic violence is astonishing

Every year, approximately 300 million women age 15 to 64 are assaulted by an intimate partner. For every battlefield death, nine people are killed by interpersonal violence. One child is murdered for every two combatants who die.

The costs to society are vast. Research for Copenhagen Consensus estimates that the annual cost of domestic violence internationally totals an astonishing $4.3 trillion.

Together with Michelle Williams, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Lomborg argues in Washington Post that domestic violence deserves much more of the world’s attention and resources.

The return of a forgotten killer

In the last two centuries, tuberculosis has claimed more lives than any other disease: an unprecedented and unsurpassed death toll of one billion. And, despite a compelling economic and moral case for investing more in controlling the disease, it has quietly resumed its position as the world’s leading infectious killer.


Given all that we know about how to prevent and treat TB, and a powerful economic case for investing in eradication efforts, there is no excuse for the heavy toll that it continues to take.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Times of Oman, The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Daily Star (Lebanon), El Tiempo (Colombia), Diario Expreso (Ecuador), My Republica (Nepal), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal) and Finmag (Czech Republic).

The world is mostly run on fossil fuels

Fossil fuels remain the biggest energy source around the globe (81%), according to the IEA. Nuclear makes up 5%, 14% stems from renewables. But these renewables are not the ones you usually hear about. The biggest contributor is humanity's oldest fuel – wood. The combined share of wind and solar on the other hand is a mere 0.8%. Read more in Bjorn Lomborg's latest LinkedIn Influencer post.

In case you missed it...

A few weeks ago, Lomborg wrote in USA Today that President Trump is ill-advised to slash green energy R&D, as such plans have the potential to be far more damaging to efforts to respond to climate change than Trump's abandonment of the Paris Treaty.
In The Wall Street Journal he argued that climate change policies can be punishing for the poor and that America should learn from Europe’s failure to protect the needy while reducing carbon emissions.

And in New York Post he argued that reports of a global "inequality crisis" are vastly exaggerated, and that inequality in health and education has rapidly decreased.

Lomborg on social media:

Tuvalu Is Drowning And Global Warming Is To Blame. Not.

"What do we learn from increasing teacher salaries in Indonesia? More than the students did."

A short history of global living conditions

Wages in Denmark up by 69x in real terms over past two centuries

Having a child doesn't mean more environmental concern

Green mythology and the high price of European electricity

More global articles and interviews:

Inequality Also Relates to Education, Health & Illiteracy, Not Wealth Alone
All Africa

Det mänskliga priset för dyrare el
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

Estados Unidos se equivoca: los riesgos de recortar en I+D de energías renovables
InfoBAE (Argentina)

Oxfam y su falaz visión de la desigualdad
Libre Mercado (Spain)

Dicke Luft
KfW (Germany)

'Ongelijkheid moet onder controle gehouden worden, maar we mogen de vooruitgang niet negeren
Knack (Belgium)

O aquecimento global está a deixar-nos com mais fome
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and 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, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School 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 by Prospect Magazine, in US International Affairs. 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 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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