The world's poor have more immediate and important needs than inefficient solar panels


Bjorn Lomborg

This Child Doesn’t Need a Solar Panel

Rich countries and development organizations are diverting aid money to so-called “climate aid”, as the Paris climate change conference nears. This means telling the world’s worst-off people, suffering from tuberculosis, malaria or malnutrition, that what they need isn’t medicine, mosquito nets or micronutrients, but a solar panel. In The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Bjorn Lomborg writes that this is immoral.

This was also highlighted in other newspapers like Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden).

Blowing it on the wind

Many people understandably believe that today's wind turbines and solar panels are a big part of the solution to climate change. But these green energy sources still only represent a tiny share of global energy production, and costs are out of hand. Now governments even have to pay additional subsidies to fossil fuel plants to keep the lights on when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine.
Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate is available in five languages and was published around the world, including in The Australian, Philippine Daily Inquirer, La Nacion (Costa Rica) and Die Welt (Germany).

Increase spending on food fortification

In an interview with Devex during the first global summit on food fortification, #FutureFortified, hosted by the Tanzanian Government and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Arusha, Tanzania, Bjorn Lomborg argued that more public money should be spent on the problem of malnutrition. This is one of the smartest ways development money can be used.

Development experts often use Copenhagen Consensus research on nutrition. The CEO of Save the Children Netherlands referred to this in an op-ed for Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant on World Food Day. Bjorn Lomborg's latest article on combating hunger was published throughout Latin America, e.g. in Milenio (Mexico).

Global free trade deal would help the world's poor 

The recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create benefits at least 800 times higher than the costs, according to Copenhagen Consensus research by Kym Anderson. But while the TPP deal is great news for the world's poor, what is needed is global free trade. Bjorn Lomborg writes in Canada's National Post that completing the Doha Round could make the world $500 trillion better off by the end of the decade, and lead to 160 million fewer people in poverty by 2030.

When Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

When the Australian government invited Copenhagen Consensus to engage with an Australian University, some used the news as a political football. Unfortunately, as Bjorn Lomborg writes in The Australian, several members of the Australian press have had difficulties distinguishing between journalism and campaigning themselves.

Verdens Sande Tilstand

This month's blog for Berlingske (Denmark):
Fede isbjørne

Brug ulandsbistanden på udvikling

Tesla – ringeste måde at skære CO₂ på

Nej, vindenergi er ikke en guldrandet forretning for Danmark

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 regularly works with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates. 
His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is 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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