To feed the world, we need to improve seeds, expand fertilizer, pesticides and irrigation, and abandon the obsession with organics.


Bjorn Lomborg

Energy prices are causing pain but little climate payoff

For three decades, climate campaigners have fought to make fossil fuels so expensive that people would be forced to abandon them. Their dream is becoming reality: Energy prices are spiraling out of control and will soon get even worse. Yet we are no closer to solving climate change.

In today's New York Post, Lomborg argues that green energy’s failings are why carbon emissions are still increasing. Last year saw the highest global emissions ever. This year is likely to be higher again. Climate policy is broken. By forcing up the price of fossil fuels, policymakers have put the cart in front of the horse. Instead, we need to make green energy much cheaper and more effective.

The painful food truths exposed by Russia's war

The UN recently warned of widespread hunger crises due to Russia's war in Ukraine.

In this article, syndicated around the world, Lomborg lays out what we need to focus on to alleviate this and future food crises, and he also shows how fashionable organics are counter-productive in the fight against global hunger.

You can read the article in Boston Herald (USA), The Globe and Mail (Canada), The Australian, Le Point (France), O Globo (Brazil), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Tempi (Italy), Bergens Tidende (Norway) and Daily Graphic (Ghana, print only).

We're not on track to reach the Global Goals for 2030

We've almost reached halftime of the world's Sustainable Development Goals for 2016-30. However, the world is nowhere near halfway to fulfilling its promises. On current trends, even before Covid, the world will only meet its 2030 targets half a century late, in 2078.

High-income countries have seen very little progress and will, on current trends, only achieve their 2030 targets in the second half of the next century. On the other hand, one country that is doing comparatively well is India. With the current pace, India would achieve its 2030 goals in 2059.

Together with Bibek Debroy, chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, and Aditya Sinha, Lomborg wrote an op-ed for India's Economic Times newspaper.

Censoring the truth about net zero's price tag won't make green energy cheaper

We need to be honest about the tremendous cost of the net zero target. Censoring this information (as the White House seems to suggest) will be terrible both for public discourse and taxpayers' wallets.

Bjorn Lomborg discussed the latest climate censorship ideas as well as Biden's national climate advisor making absurd claims about "billions of human beings across the world every year dying because it is related to climate or fossil fuels" in an interview with Dana Perino on FOX News.

To maximize social gains, we need to prioritize policies

In every country, the main role of the government is to prioritize policy options and investments. Hopefully, these policies will deliver the greatest benefit for each dollar spent.

Copenhagen Consensus has successfully introduced a rational, data-driven input to countries’ priority-setting in many countries, including Bangladesh, Haiti, India, Ghana and Malawi in recent years. More countries could benefit from cost-benefit analysis in their quest to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals, which reach their halfway mark by the end of this year.

Lomborg writes in the Philippines' newspaper of record, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, that data from economic science can help politicians and their officials pick more of the really effective programs and slightly fewer of the less so, to maximize social returns for every dollar spent.

UN disaster report is a reporting disaster

A new UN report warns that disasters will get much worse and have killed many more people in recent years. In an op-ed for newspapers around the globe, Lomborg warns to treat the report with caution:

"Astonishingly, the UN is misusing data, and its approach has been repeatedly shown to be wrong. Its finding makes for great headlines—but it just isn’t grounded in evidence. (...) Climate-related disasters kill 99% fewer people than 100 years earlier."

Still, the UN manages to give the impression that such disasters are ever more deadly by lumping COVID-19 deaths in with those from hurricanes and floods. This inappropriately seems designed to create headlines rather than understanding.

Read the article in New York Post (USA), City AM (United Kingdom), Financial Post (Canada), Business Day (South Africa), Berlingske (Denmark), Tempi (Italy), The Australian, Finmag (Czech Republic), Capital (Ethiopia, print only), Milenio (Mexico), El Tiempo (Colombia), La Tercera (Chile), La Prensa (Nicaragua) and El Periodico (Guatemala).

'False Alarm' around the world

Bjorn Lomborg's bestselling book False Alarm* is now available in more than a dozen languages, including German, Czech, Chinese, Norwegian, and many more.

The book has also been published in Spanish, and Lomborg recently discussed his findings with prominent Mexican journalist Sergio Sarmiento on TV Azteca.

*As an Amazon Associate Copenhagen Consensus earns from qualifying purchases.

Lomborg on social media:

Climate exaggeration just won't end: No, heat waves "can't cook human flesh"

What do top hats and “defund the police” have in common?

In many poorer countries, most children don't learn basic reading and numeracy

New EU climate promises will reduce global temperatures by 0.004°C (0.007°F)

Wind delivers little in Europe, and gas has to pick up the slack

We need all low carbon tech, not just the politically correct

More global articles and interviews:

No, we're not 1000 days away from climate apocalypse
FOX News (USA)

Bjørn Lomborg met a professor that gave him back his faith in university
Uniavisen (Denmark)

Climate-Change Censorship: Phase Two
Wall Street Journal (USA)

Data, Economic Science: Building Blocks to Dev't
Addis Fortune (Ethiopia)

Finding the best policies for Nigeria
The Punch (Nigeria)

Organische Land­wirtschaft be­deutet weniger Mengen
Beyond the Obvious (Germany)

Kliimamuutuste kinnisidee moonutab meie prioriteete
Postimees (Estonia)

Мнение: Фракингът, ядрената енергия и научните изследвания са най-добрите енергийни залози за Европа
Voinaimir (Bulgaria)

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 Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and he has worked with many hundreds of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Times of India and China Daily. His monthly columns are published in dozens of newspapers across all continents. 

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.
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