Let's focus on helping in the most effective ways possible.


Bjorn Lomborg

How to make doing good better

The end of the year is when we often consider the good that we want to achieve in the world in the next twelve months. We create resolutions to achieve personal objectives like exercising more, managing our weight, or achieving financial goals—and we also often commit to give back to our communities and societies through volunteering and philanthropy.

For 2022, our resolution should not just be to focus on helping more but especially to help in the most effective ways possible. Some of the world's best economists found that two charitable investments offering a phenomenal return on investment are the fights against tuberculosis and child malnutrition. Every dollar spent can produce social returns of more than $100.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's latest column for newspapers around the world, including New York Post and local newspapers across the US (e.g. Detroit News, Tulsa World and Jacksonville Journal-Courier), Economic Times (India), Financial Post (Canada), Berlingske (Denmark), Tempi (Italy), The Australian, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jakarta Post (Indonesia), Milenio (Mexico), El Tiempo (Colombia), El Comercio (Peru), La Tercera (Chile), Los Tiempos (Bolivia), CRHoy (Costa Rica), El Periodico (Guatemala), The Nation (Kenya), Addis Fortune (Ethiopia), Bergens Tidende (Norway) and Portfolio (Hungary).

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Unhappy anniversary:
50 years of climate panic

For the past 50 years, we've been told incessantly that it's our “last chance” to “save humanity” before "climate change will destroy us." This message is not only spectacularly wrong but leads to panic and poor policies. Nonetheless, after a half century of stunningly incorrect predictions, climate campaigners, journalists and politicians still hawk an immediate apocalypse to great acclaim.

Five decades of panic clearly haven’t brought us anywhere near solving climate change. We need a smarter approach: one that stops scaring everyone and focuses on realistic solutions such as adaptation and innovation.

Read Lomborg's op-ed in New York Post, Financial Post (Canada), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) and Jyllands-Posten (Denmark).

Sisyphean climate summits need a new approach

The outcome of the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow (COP26) has been criticized by commentators as unambitious, with some calling it a “monumental failure”. Even the summit’s host, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted the deal was “tinged with disappointment.” This is hardly surprising: historically, most climate promises have fared badly.

Bjorn Lomborg writes in newspapers around the world such as India's largest business daily Economic Times (India), The Australian, Business Day (South Africa), the Glasgow-based The Herald (Scotland's newspaper of record), Berlingske (Denmark), El Tiempo (Colombia), La Tercera (Chile), Milenio (Mexico), El Periodico (Guatemala), CRHoy (Costa Rica), El Pais (Uruguay), La Prensa (Nicaragua) and The Jakarta Post (Indonesia, print only) that we need a smarter way forward. Otherwise, the next 26 climate conferences will be similarly inconsequential as the first 26 iterations.

11 climate columns for
The Wall Street Journal

In the lead-up to the recent UN climate summit, Bjorn Lomborg wrote an 11-part series of columns for The Wall Street Journal, discussing often unherd climate facts on a wide range of topics including extreme weather events, poverty, the cost of current climate policies and what smarter solutions might look like. You can find the full overview of all 11 articles here.

Lomborg on social media:

Absolutely off-the-scale false: climatologist claims climate kills more people than Covid-19

Poverty, not climate, caused Madagascar’s food crisis

Burning wood — feels natural, but kills you

Clickbait vs science

The average person over the century will get about 5x richer

Media is doubling down on false climate narratives

More global articles and interviews:

Climate Change: No Need to Panic
TRIGGERnometry (UK)

False Alarm among "5 great Black Friday gift ideas"
Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Interview with Ben Shapiro
Daily Wire (USA)

“El cambio ­­­climático es una grave amenaza, pe­­ro no el fin del mundo”
La Vanguardia (Spain)

„Ocieplenie klimatu to problem, a nie koniec świata”
TVP (Poland)

Matematyka i prawdziwa historia katastrofy klimatycznej
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

Interview on the "Insider" podcast
info.cz (Czech Republic)

La imposible marcha atrás de la lucha contra el cambio climático
Expansion (Mexico)

Human Ingenuity Will Prevent Climate Catastrophe
Bloomberg (USA)

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 Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and he has worked with many hundreds of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Times of India and China Daily. His monthly columns are published in dozens of newspapers across all continents. 

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.
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