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Bjorn Lomborg

How worried should we be about climate change?


Bjorn Lomborg sat down with Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil at the BBC Westminster studios to discuss the effects of climate change and smart political responses to it.

Dial back on the panic

Lomborg in TIME Magazine: On September 27, the UN Climate Panel (IPCC) presented its new assessment report. Its moderate findings clearly contradict alarmist rhetoric. This is a chance to steer the climate conversation in a more realistic and constructive direction.
 
Instead of enacting phenomenally expensive policies like green taxes and subsidies, we need to come up with low-cost solutions to global warming that all nations can embrace. Read more in The AustralianFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Germany and major newspapers in Latin America like El País.

Keep calm

Bad news sells – that’s why we hear so much of it. But it can leave us with a panicked sense that the world is full of problems that urgently need to be fixed. And panic is rarely a good basis for smart policy.

Read Lomborg's article on how apocalyptic rhetoric is blinding us to reality in The Telegraph and get a sneak peek at the new book How Much have Global Problems Cost the World?.

IPCC not so hot report
around the globe

BBC World Services flagship program Newshour asked Lomborg if it's really a good idea that people will worry less about global warming?

On ABC Radio National in Australia Lomborg discussed the need for further development of renewable energy technology.


On Canadian CBC Power&Politics Lomborg explained the need for smart solutions, not just feel good policy for rich well-meaning westerners.

Lomborg and Baroness Bryony Worthington debated geoengineering on Britain's Channel 4 News

For Inside Story on Al Jazeera Lomborg elaborates on the failure to cut carbon emissions: "we certainly haven't got either China or India or any of the big emitters on board .... This is about getting innovation going and get much cheaper green energy before we try to say let's cut a lot.".

Find an overview of all the interviews here.

Proven right

"Bjorn Lomborg can still be an antagonistic provocateur. But current events are proving him right and his old enemies are won over." Australian science magazine COSMOS draws a 5-page portrait in its October/November issue.  

Similarly Finnish Katternö journal features a 6-page cover story in Swedish in its latest issue.

Dull, but best bang for buck

"The biggest difference between the Copenhagen Consensus and other organizations is that we try to focus on most bang-for-the-buck, and this often leads us to focus on the critical issues that get less media attention.
The political system, on the other hand, tends to focus on which problems have the loudest campaigners, the best PR, or the cutest animals. Our topics might seem duller in comparison, but the numbers back us up."

Foreign Policy Association interviews Bjorn Lomborg about his work with the Copenhagen Consensus Center.

How Much have Global Problems Cost the World

- A Scorecard from 1900 to 2050

There are often blanket claims that the world is facing more problems than ever, but there is a lack of empirical data to show where things have deteriorated or in fact improved.

This pioneering initiative to provide answers to many of these questions will undoubtedly spark debate amongst a wide readership.

Read more about the project on copenhagenconsensus.com.
Pre-order the book now on amazon.com.
 
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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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