When Good Intentions Go Bad
In his latest op-ed for Project Syndicate
Lomborg demonstrates how scare tactics can backfire.
On September 19, French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini attempted to fuel public opposition to GM foods by showing the public how GM corn, with and without the pesticide Roundup, caused huge tumours and early death in 200 rats that had consumed it over two years. With many pictures of rats with tumours the size of ping-pong balls, Seralini certainly captured the public's attention.
But Seralini's research posed many problematic issues. For starters, the Sprague-Dawley strain of rats he used is naturally prone to tumours. Studies of Sprague-Dawley rats show that 88-96% of those that serve as experimental controls develop tumours before they reach two years of age. But the public saw only pictures of tumorous rats that had consumed GM corn and Roundup.
Read the full commentary in the Times of India
CNN checks the facts of
Solar, Wind & Natural Gas
Lomborg and Tom Friedman joined Fareed Zakaria on CNN in the US this weekend for ”The GPS Road Map for Powering America”. See the first video clip
about the much hyped solar power in Germany, where Lomborg points out that it contributes with less than 1% of Germany's total energy.
This second CNN clip
contains Lomborg´s comments on the positive environmental impacts from the American natural gas revolution.
The full program, also looking into wind power in Denmark, will be aired on CNN International next weekend
Not So Hot
September 26 was another triumph for public relations. A climate-change study got all the headlines, but was deliberately misleading. Lomborg argues in Foreign Policy: Too bad so many in the media got fooled.
Read the full argument in Foreign Policy
Opportunity Is Foolish
Ignoring a Fantastic
Lomborg answers questions about fracking, nuclear power, GMOs and organic food from Bloomberg News reporter Alex Morales:
: You've been looking at the benefits of fracking. Tell me what you've found.
: Fracking in a U.S. context has dramatically lowered U.S. carbon emissions, about 400 to 500 million tons, compared to the entire impact of the EU and Kyoto Protocol of about 250 million tons. So the U.S. has inadvertently lowered its carbon emissions by about twice as much just by making cheap gas available. We've actually managed to find a technology that's cheaper than coal and delivers much more climate benefits.
:What about the negatives? Fracking's had a very bad press in Europe.
: There are significant issues, mostly around the pollution of water resources. Very definitely that's something we need to regulate. It’s a very well understood technology. So, yes, we should regulate it, but to ignore the fantastic opportunity both of cheaper energy and lower CO2 emissions seems foolish.
Read the full interview on Bloomberg News
Scarcity Isn't the Problem
Facing the Facts on World Food Day
readers were reminded of the results of Copenhagen Consensus 2012
Top economists from around the world concluded that the single most effective investment to combat the world's greatest challenges is micronutrient interventions for children, in the interest of fighting hunger and improving education.
For example, something as simple and inexpensive as fortifying foods with Vitamin A and Zinc -- nutrients that were in your morning breakfast cereal -- has been proven to significantly increase immunity and decrease rates of infection, which are key to ensuring child growth and development."
Read the full commentary
by Nan Dale, CEO of Action Against Hunger, an international NGO dedicated to ending the world’s food crises.
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