One could be e-procurement.

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Bjorn Lomborg
Dear <<First Name>>,

I'm excited to share with you our latest project, finding the smartest solutions for Bangladesh. The Economist has a detailed article about our project in its new issue:

Weighing the costs and benefits of diverse projects is astute, and not only for poor countries like Bangladesh or Haiti (next in line for the Copenhagen Consensus treatment).

I'm on my way to Dhaka now, where an Eminent Panel will meet with dozens of economists, who have analyzed the many opportunities for Bangladesh, estimating their costs and benefits.

Scroll down to read more about the research. We'll keep you posted on the results.

All the best,
bjorn
 

The good news about COâ‚‚


A new study shows the positive effects of COâ‚‚ over the past three decades. Despite publication in the prestigious journal Nature, the media largely ignored the paper. This is another sign of the lopsided nature of our climate conversation, which focuses only on negative outcomes.
That is no way to have a smart conversation, Lomborg says in his new column for Britain's biggest quality daily newspaper The Telegraph.

A hugely expensive way of achieving very little

World leaders recently signed the Paris climate treaty. In USA Today, Lomborg writes that this is likely the world’s costliest-ever accord, reducing global GDP by about $2 trillion, while achieving very little in temperature reductions.
Also available in Spanish, e.g. in Milenio (Mexico) and El Universo (Ecuador), and Russian (Izvestia).

In interviews for Al Jazeera and Talk Radio AM640 (Canada), Lomborg explains why expectations that the treaty will help achieve the 2°C target are wrong: "It relies on wishful thinking. It’s like going on a diet to slim down, but declaring victory after the first salad."

A phenomenally good way to tackle corruption

In many countries, government procurement is notoriously vulnerable to corruption. New research for Bangladesh Priorities: Smarter Solutions for Bangladesh presents a solution: electronic procurement makes procurement processes transparent and encourages additional bids. This helps fight corruption and provide cheaper goods and services, saving taxpayer money for other important priorities. Each dollar spent produces $663 of social benefits.
   
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Philippine Daily Inquirer, New Vision (Uganda), El Tiempo (Colombia) and La Nacion (Costa Rica).
A report on this new Copenhagen Consensus research was also published in Financial Express (Bangladesh).

The World Bank needs to get global priorities right


The World Bank’s self-proclaimed “new course” focusing on global warming over poverty reduction is an alarming development for the planet’s poorest. While 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty, the Bank is using $29bn annually on ‘national climate plans’. Lomborg writes in The Australian that this is not only immoral but also ineffective, and not what the world's worst-off are asking for.

The project Bangladesh Priorities: Smarter Solutions for Bangladesh applies the Copenhagen Consensus methodology to spending priorities for Bangladesh. Research has been released on our website and in Bangladesh media, including the biggest English-language newspaper, The Daily Star:





The project's research has also been in Bangladesh's biggest newspapers Prothom Alo and Bangladesh Pratidin (Bangla). Lomborg wrote features on education and air pollution for Financial Express, and gave an interview to Daily Samakal (Bangla).

What solutions give the best bang for the buck?

Our economists have analyzed 75 of the best solutions for Bangladesh. Some are amazing (663 dollars of social benefit for every dollar spent) – some unfortunately do less than one dollar of good for every dollar spent. See the whole list here at the Economist.

In the news

A large number of Bangladeshi news outlets have covered the project, including The Financial Express and Daily Observer.

Bangladesh Priorities Conference

On May 9-11, all participating economists will convene in Dhaka to present their findings to our Eminent Panel consisting of Finn Kydland, Nobel Laureate economist; Selima Ahmad, founder of BWCCI; KAS Murshid, Director General BIDS; Mushtaque Chowdhury, Vice-chair, BRAC

More global articles:

Why the Paris climate treaty is just a load of very expensive hot air
South China Morning Post

Improved technologies to combat air pollution
Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Paris treaty: a lot of cost for doing very little
The Hindu (India)

Irritierende Konkurrenz zwischen Hitze- und Kältetod
Die Welt (Germany)

Tesla, der große Umweltsünder
Die Welt (Germany)

El fin de la pobreza es posible
El Comercio (Peru)

Tesla, des voitures électriques qui roulent au... charbon
La Tribune (France)

Os alvos certos do investi- mento global em saúde
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Nie dajcie się oszukać
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)
 

Lomborg's recommended links

LinkedIn:
South Korea abandons 2020 GHG target

Facebook:
Poverty vs COâ‚‚ Emissions

Twitter:
Let's stop causing hunger while emitting *more* COâ‚‚
 

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 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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