Dear <<First Name>>,

I am in Paris for the 21st global climate summit. If you're among the 40,000 participants, do come up and say hi. I will be commenting from Paris daily, for more than 25 newspapers including Times of India and China Daily. Below you can read about why the Paris proposals don't work and that we should do instead.

all the best


Bjorn Lomborg

Tiny effect: new research

If every government does everything pledged for the Paris climate conference by 2030, it will reduce global temperature increases less than 0.05°C by 2100, a new peer-reviewed research paper by Dr. Lomborg finds. Even if promised reductions were continued for the following 70 years and there was no “CO2 leakage”, the reduction in temperature increases will be just 0.17°C by 2100.

Read an overview of the research at The paper was covered by global media including, e.g. The Times (UK), The Australian, Reuters, Reason (USA), El Telegrafo (Ecuador), Listin Diario (Dominican Republic), Tempi (Italy), Express (UK), and Trends (Belgium).

Paris Cost: $1-2 trillion

In The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Lomborg reveals the price tag of pre-Paris climate pledges. Emissions cuts will leave the global economy around $1 trillion short every year for the rest of the century—and that’s if the politicians do everything right. If not, the real cost could double.

The analysis in other languages; Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish) and Jyllands-Posten (Danish). The cost of the Paris hot air was also topic in The Hindustan Times.

What to do Instead of Paris?

In the Boston Globe, Dr. Lomborg outlines a vision for a smart, evidence-based climate policy: devoting 0.2 percent of global GDP to green-energy R&D. This would be significantly cheaper — and much more effective— than our current approach.

While current wind and solar subsidies do 7-13 cents of climate good for every dollar spent, R&D can do $11 of climate good for every dollar spent. for the climate. Focusing on green energy R&D is 100 times better for the climate than current subsidies.

Also, watch on ABC as Dr. Lomborg makes the case for an innovative response to global warming. And listen to Dr. Lomborg interviewed on South California Public Radio.

Pre-judging Paris

Wrapping together his new research on the climate effects of the likely Paris treaty and his new analysis of the costs of carbon-cutting promises, Dr. Lomborg writes in his monthly Project Syndicate column, available in five languages, that our approach to climate change is broken. He explains why the UNFCCC is wrong to argue that Paris will achieve a lot more.
Read the full commentary in e.g. Die Welt (Germany), Times of Oman, New Times (Rwanda), the St Kitts Nevis Observer or Sydsvenskan (Sweden).

The Economist Adopts Lomborg Approach

In this week's 14-page Climate Paris Summit edition,
The Economist:
- argues primarily for a Lomborg-style, technological response to global warming
- acknowledges, like Lomborg, that a carbon tax is theoretically sensible but politically unfeasible
- argues, like Lomborg, that green energy subsidies are the wrong approach
- observes, like Lomborg, that the current Kyoto/Paris-style solutions don't work
- points out, like Lomborg, the need to refocus on adaptation and investigate geo-engineering
- emphasizes, like Lomborg, that current green energy is 'nice to have' but too inefficient to replace fossil fuels
and, recognizes, like Lomborg, that the world's poor have climate as their last priority

The magazine quotes Dr. Lomborg and Copenhagen Consensus on geo-engineering, the need for poor countries to use fossil fuels, and the ineffectiveness of today's green energy. A must-read for every Paris delegate.

50,000 already gets it

Lomborg posts commentaries, news and graphs on LinkedIn, follow him as LinkedInfluencer here.

Watch: UN's Global Goals 

Dr. Lomborg discusses the UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development with Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose. The short version: Global Goals need to be much more effective.

Global Articles

Romm Critique of COP21 Impact Deeply Flawed
Response to Environmental blogger Joe Romm critique of Dr. Lomborg's Paris climate treaty research.
Huffington Post

Can we avoid climate apocalypse?

Acelerar la lucha contra el hambre
El Universal (Venezuela)

Dejemos que sople el viento
El Tiempo (Colombia)

Mala Medicina
El Diario (Mexico)

Ayuda climática: no es prioridad para los más pobres
Dinero (Colombia)

Dr. Lomborg responded, in the Financial Times, to a letter from Lord Nicholas Stern on air pollution deaths.

News from Denmark

Klimaløfter i Paris stopper ikke global opvarmning
Article in Jyllands-Posten

Global opvarmning er ikke enden på verden
Interview in Politiken


"We want real electricity"
Blog in Berlingske

Lektien fra Dharnai
Blog in Berlingske

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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Best wishes,
Zsuzsa Horvath
Executive Assistant to Bjorn Lomborg
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