R&D can generate enormous dividends to all levels of society


Bjorn Lomborg

Heat-death hype: the wrong reason to fight climate change

At this time of the year, it is difficult to escape sensationalist stories about "heat deaths" and their alleged connection to climate change. In New York Post, Lomborg argues these stories reveal a peculiar blind spot in the media’s climate reporting: While “deadly”, “killer”, “extreme” heatwaves gain a lot of coverage, relatively scant attention is given in winter to much, much more lethal cold temperatures.
Moreover, if you want to help people with heat deaths, climate policies will help little. It is about access to cool and water, and it is about cooling cities through water and greenery.

Why Trump shouldn’t slash R&D funding

President Trump recently hosted “Technology Week” at the White House, focusing on “modernizing government technology and stimulating the technology sector.” Behind this string of photo-ops is the unfortunate reality that Trump’s 2018 budget request has proposed the steepest funding cuts for federal research and development in US history.

In Boston Globe, Lomborg argues that in agriculture, health and clean energy, more research and development —not less— is needed to unlock American ingenuity and enterprise.

Giving a voice to Bangladeshi youth

The Bangladesh Priorities project has reached out to over 700 young people across Bangladesh to enable them debate and discuss their views about development priorities, sending a message to decision-makers in government and international NGOs what should be done to help make "Vision 2021" a reality for them.

Paris is not the solution

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement leaves the US without a global warming policy. That is alarming. But the global consensus about the Paris treaty is wrongheaded too. It risks wasting huge resources to do almost nothing to fix the climate problem, while shortchanging other approaches that promise the most transformative results.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The AustralianArab News (Saudi Arabia), Times of OmanEl Tiempo (Colombia), Today (Singapore), Los Tiempos (Bolivia), La Nacion (Costa Rica), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal), Finmag (Czech Republic), Vecer (Slovenia) and The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).

The smartest solutions for Haiti

In his latest contributions for Huffington Post on the Haiti Priorise project, Lomborg explains how reducing domestic violence helps all of Haiti, which policy interventions are best suited to help children, and what other priorities would generate incredible returns for Haiti according to the Copenhagen Consensus panel of eminent economists.

The Charade of the Paris Treaty

In an essay for Wall Street Journal's Weekend Review, Lomborg explains that Paris is not just a slightly imperfect treaty. Even in an implausibly optimistic, best-case scenario, the Paris accord leaves the problem virtually unchanged. He writes that the real misfortune for the planet isn’t that Trump withdrew the U.S. from the treaty. Rather, it is that his administration has shown no interest in helping to launch the green-energy revolution that the world so urgently needs.

Listen to Lomborg's interview on the Paris Treaty on Australia's highest-rated radio talk show, the Alan Jones Breakfast Show.

More global articles and interviews:

Nutrition Proposal Has ‘Transformative Potential’ for Haiti
UC Davis

Un imperativo moral y económico
El Comercio (Peru)

Priorizar para salvar vidas
La Prensa (Nicaragua)

Trump y París: oportunidad para cambiar el enfoque
Semana Sostenible (Colombia)

Mudar a narrativa sobre o Haiti
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Czy bogatym mieszkańcom północy brakuje wiedzy i zrozumienia biednych tego świata?
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

Háčiky Parížskej klimatickej dohody
SME (Slovakia)

Почему Парижское соглашение по климату было обречено и до Трампа
Bird in Flight (Ukraine)

Helping Haitian Children When It Matters the Most

Solar and wind are NOT taking over the world

No, Renewables Won't Power the US Soon

More beehives globally, not fewer

Climate scare porn is not helpful

Climate deaths have *dropped* almost 20-fold over past 90 years

Number of steps walked around the world

Electric cars still not ready

Head of UNEP claims climate change could increase temperatures by more than 200°C

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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