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Bjorn Lomborg

After 20 wasted years

The UN Climate Conference in Warsaw predictably failed to agree on a treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But Japan shows the way: It will more than triple global green R&D. 
This could be the global climate breakthrough: the Japanese government gives up on climate targets but will spend $110 billion over five years for innovation in environmental and energy technologies. 
Read more in Britain's The Times and The Australian. Same arguments can be read in Danish (Berlingske), Dutch (De Tijd, Belgium), German (Die Welt), Hungarian (Napi Gazdaság), Norwegian (Bergens Tidenede), Spanish (La Tercera, Chile) and Swedish (Svenska Dagbladet).

We can cut emissions

but not with inefficient renewable subsidies

Prior to the Warsaw summit, Lomborg appealed for smarter climate solutions. Spain now spends almost 1 per cent of its GDP on subsidies for renewables – more than on higher education. And with virtually no climate impact. Read more in London's City A.M., Canada's National Post, Latin American business magazine Estrategia & Negocios, French business magazine La Tribune and German The European

Japan might fix the climate

Lomborg debated Japan's new R&D-driven approach on BBC Radio 4's flagship program Today. On the same topic, in German, an extensive interview with Austrian daily Der Standard.

Energy Subsidies

facts and fiction 

When inefficient green subsidies are criticized, their defenders can be relied on to point out that the world subsidizes fossil fuels even more.
This is mostly incorrect. Read
 Lomborg in Wall Street Journal, debunking three popular myths about fossil-fuel subsidies. We should not subsidize fossil fuels or green energy.

Haiyan Not About Global Warming, But Poverty

The recent Typhoon Haiyan was terrible. Hitting the Philippines, it killed thousands, because of poverty: flimsy houses that were swept away, inadequate shelters and poor planning. But while there are many good arguments for cutting CO2 effectively, hurricanes are not one of them, as Lomborg points out in USA Today. If we want to help victims of extreme weather, it is all about poverty, not CO2 cuts.

The number of strong hurricanes around the Philippines have dropped since 1951. Even after Haiyan, the Accumulated Cyclone Energy of all cyclones in the Western North Pacific is below normal.

The Climate-Policy Trap

Current climate policies are often inefficient in concept, but politicians seem to insist on making them even worse in practice.
The EU's 20-20 strategy is a prime example: bad policy made it 3 times more expensive than it needs be. One example: when Great Britain installs a wind turbine, it becomes cheaper to burn coal in Portugal or Poland.
Lomborg's latest Project Syndicate commentary is available in six languages and published in newspapers around the world.

Bush Fires are Misused as Climate Argument

Al Gore and many others blamed the bushfires on global warming.
But the latest peer-reviewed study on global fire tells a very different story.
Expensive and ineffective carbon cuts won't help bushfires. Smarter forest management will. Read more in The Australian.

Stop the Scaremongering

On Australia's breakfast program Weekend Sunrise, Lomborg argues that we need less scaremongering in the climate debate.
The policies seen in Australia and around the world to fix global warming are economically inefficient and unsustainable, Lomborg argues on Australia's number one talk station 2GB. Money News and Miranda Devine (starts at 22:53) 
The problem is that we're trying to subsidize existing, inefficient green energy like solar panels, that are right now still not efficient enough, Lomborg explained on The World Today on ABC Radio National.

Is Humanity in a Better Shape Today?

In 1900 about 70 percent of the world's population was illiterate and average schooling just one year!

The cost of poor health was a phenomenal 32% of global GDP. Today, it is down to about 11%, and by 2050 will have halved again.

Learn more amazing facts from the "How Much have Global Problem's Cost the World?" project in Lomborg's new TED talk, on the Foreign Policy Association blog, and read the guest column on the first two pages of the Bloomberg Brief.

A new way to compare Global Problems

There are many blanket claims of the world facing ever more problems. But what does the data show?

Overwhelmingly, the world is getting better. 21 of the world's top economists document humanity's trends from health, nutrition, education, pollution and other main areas.
Read about the project and download the peer reviewed papers on
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Recommended links:

Let's talk about Australia's future
The Australian

The biggest challenges facing the US

Australia’s response to climate change
The Drum (ABC) TV interview

Effective environmentalism in China and globally
The Conversation Hour, ABC Radio Melbourne

Global Problems, Smart Solutions
Oxford Union talk

What are the real problems facing the world?
Institute of Public Affairs

Q&A with Matt Ridley
Institute of Public Affairs

Temperature is running much lower than simulations
Makes the high-end scenarios very unlikely

Vitamin A supplementation saves children's lives
Lomborg at Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Biofuels are "an ecological disaster"
While driving up food prices

El ecologista escéptico
Portrait in El Tiempo (Colombia, in Spanish)

El mundo es un lugar mejor
El Universal (Venezuela, in Spanish)

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus Center 

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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