Since 1992, the number of hungry people has plummeted by more than 200 million, even as human population grew by nearly two billion.


Bjorn Lomborg

Copenhagen Consensus wins think tank award

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is the winner of Prospect Magazine’s 2016 Think Tank of the Year award in the “International Affairs” category for think tanks based in the US. The Center's work was commended by the judges as being “truly innovative and global in its scope. It combined issues of immense importance with an impressive record of engagement and persuasion.”

The award, received by founding president Bjorn Lomborg in London, honors Copenhagen Consensus for its landmark research and advocacy project establishing the costs and benefits of the United Nations’ post-Millennium Development Goal targets.

Trump could be good for climate policies

Environmental campaigners have declared that Donald Trump's presidency will be a "disaster" for climate change. In an op-ed for Washington Post, Bjorn Lomborg argues that Trump dropping the Paris Climate Treaty is far from the world-ending event that some suggest. Instead, Trump's campaign promise of “developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels” offers hope that the new administration will concentrate on smart climate policies.

The article was also published in further top newspapers across the US, including Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Denver Post. Internationally, newspapers and magazines in countries such as Mexico (Milenio), Venezuela (El Universal), Denmark (Berlingske), Switzerland (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) and Italy (Formiche) also published Lomborg's commentary.

On BBC's current affairs show Daily Politics, Lomborg discussed the possible effects Trump's climate policies with the leader of Britain's Green Party, Jonathan Bartley.

How to feed the world

Affordable, nutritious food is one of people’s top priorities everywhere, and one in nine people still do not get enough food to be healthy. Yet, the struggle against hunger is a battle that humanity could finally win. Copenhagen Consensus research shows that investing an extra $88 billion in agricultural R&D over the next 15 years could save 79 million people from hunger and prevent five million cases of child malnourishment. Achieving these targets would be worth nearly $3 trillion in social good, implying a return of $34 for every dollar spent.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in nine languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Shanghai Daily (China), El Tiempo (Colombia), La Nacion (Costa Rica), Times of Oman, The Daily Star (Lebanon), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), New Times (Rwanda), Hospodarske Noviny (Czech Republic) and Tema (Albania).

Youth prioritizing smarter solutions for their country

As part of its Bangladesh Priorities project, Copenhagen Consensus is currently hosting youth forums to enable young people in Bangladeshi to present their views on the development priorities for their country. Forums are taking place throughout Bangladesh, reaching more than 500 young people. Multiple newspapers have written about the first forums in Dhaka and Chittagong, including Finance Today and Bangla Tribune (in Bangla).

More global articles:

The Paris agreement was never the solution to climate change
CapX (Britain)

O tych (nie) znikających wyspach na Pacyfiku
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

A simplicidade do senso comum no desenvolvimento sustentável
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Británie konkuruje Německu. Jako odstrašující příklad v energetice
Dotyk (Czech Republic)

Lomborg's recommended links

Investing $1 in low-cost lavatories returns three dollars of social benefits

All measured temperature increases *below* prediction from climate models

The Long Run Is Just A Collection of Short Runs

Trump trade wars could cost the US $500 billion per year

Poverty halved or more over 23 years, yet most people think it increased

Industrial nations' CO₂ emissions decreased more before Kyoto than after

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 works regularly 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 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 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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