Each dollar spent smartly on TB can do more than a thousand times more good than when spent on standard, ineffective climate policies


Bjorn Lomborg

The world's poor shouldn't pay for the rich world's climate policies

Published in India

With climate summits not yielding the results some rich countries are hoping for, their leaders are now eyeing a new, cynical approach in global climate governance: the rich will set lofty carbon goals and policies to promote green energy, including levying carbon tariffs that can bring them profits, but developing countries have to pay the bill.

Published in China

Such carbon tariffs simply act as back-door protectionism for rich countries. Tragically, they will exacerbate global poverty and deprive the world’s poor of the twin drivers of development, abundant energy and free trade.

Published in South Africa

Developing countries should insist rich countries stop their unjust policies and focus on green energy R&D instead.

Published in Brazil

Lomborg's column was published around the globe, e.g. in the world's largest circulating English language newspaper The Times of India, the largest English language paper in China, China Daily, Brazil's newspaper of record O Globo, South Africa's leading business paper Business Day, Los Angeles Daily News (USA), The Australian, Berlingske (Denmark), Milenio (Mexico), El Universo (Ecuador), El Periodico (Guatemala), Perfil (Argentina), La Tercera (Chile) and many more.

There’s a better way than Biden’s costly climate pledge

President Biden at his recent World Leaders Climate Summit made headlines for pledging deep emission cuts until 2030. Yet, his new promises will reduce warming by the end of the century by less than 0.04°C / 0.07°F.

Unfortunately for Biden, he couldn't convince the big emitters of the 21st century to follow his lead. China, India and other developing nations are unwilling to promise new carbon cuts, because they are more focused on development and getting their populations out of poverty. They simply cannot spare trillions for climate policy.

Lomborg writes in a feature article in New York Post that in place of another gabfest, we need to get smarter on climate: if we can innovate future green energy to be cheaper than fossil fuels, everyone will want to switch.

He also discussed Biden's climate summit with Wall Street Journal editor Paul Gigot on The Journal Editorial Report, with Stuart Varney on Fox Business, and with Chris Smith on Sky News Australia.

Is everything better than we think?

Prof. Jordan B. Peterson has Bjorn Lomborg back on his popular podcast. In their informative, entertaining and extremely wide-ranging talk, they discuss everything from climate change to fixing the world's many other challenges.

They get into Lomborg's latest book False Alarm* (which Jordan Peterson calls "a data-driven, human-centered antidote to the oft-apocalyptic discussions ... careful, compelling and above all sensible and pragmantic") as well as the 60+ other global solutions outlined in the Copenhagen Consensus cost-benefit analyses — ranging from free trade and family planning to nutrition and malaria prevention.

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

Replace climate alarmism with smart policies

Today's climate alarmism is the culmination of decades-long eco-anxiety. In 1982, the UN was predicting climate change and other environmental concerns could cause “devastation as complete, as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust” by the year 2000. Needless to say, that didn't happen. And while we should certainly care about the planet and its inhabitants, we need to do so smarter and more effectively.

It is also vital to not ignore the big picture: focusing excessively on climate in a world full of problems leaves us poorly prepared for all the other global challenges. The world’s poor still battle with much greater challenges like starvation, poverty, dying from easily curable diseases and lack of education. And these challenges have solutions where each dollar can help much more.

Lomborg's new article for Earth Day was published in newspapers around the globe, including The Telegraph (United Kingdom), National Post (Canada), Borsen (Denmark), Milenio (Mexico), La Tercera (Chile), La Prensa (Nicaragua), Los Tiempos (Bolivia), El Heraldo (Honduras), El Pais (Uruguay) and El Universo (Ecuador).

Finding the best policies for Malawi

Copenhagen Consensus is partnering with the National Planning Commission of Malawi and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) to find the most effective policy solutions for Malawi. Malawi Priorities will facilitate a prioritization of policy options for the country based on cost-benefit analyses. It will also seek to identify interventions that will enable the government to generate more financial resources to finance its development agenda.

New research is being released on a regular basis, and you can already read policy briefs and research papers on topics such as agriculture, nutrition, maternal health and HIV/AIDS.

The findings are also shared with the general public through various media channels.

A recent study about agriculatural exports, for example, was widely reported by print and broadcast media in the country.

Lomborg on social media:

If the numbers don't support your thesis of climate disaster, just multiply by 10

Time magazine's new cover wrongly claims climate is burning up the world

Inequality will likely fall more over the next 80 years than it increased over past 200 years

Are more people dying from climate-related causes?

Non-rich world people are better off today than rich world people in 1950s

The ‘Green Energy’ That Might Be Ruining the Planet

More global articles and interviews:

Why the World is Failing at Fixing Climate Change
Upcoming talk with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

John Kerry in China for climate talks
Fox News (USA)

The Green New Deal will be expensive but achieve little
Fox and Friends (USA)

A Green New Deal Warning
Rubin Report (USA)

We’ll Always Have Paris
GoodFellows podcast (USA)

We need innovation to solve climate change

Interview with Larry Kudlow
Fox Business (USA)

Still On Tuberculosis
Leadership (Nigeria)

Replikskifte mellan Anders Wijkman och Bjørn Lomborg
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

Kiedy panika klimatyczna zlewa się z kulturą anulowania
Listy z naszego sadu

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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