Unfortunately, going vegetarian will only reduce your emissions by about 2%


Bjorn Lomborg

Don't panic over U.N. climate change report

The global economy must be transformed immediately to avoid catastrophic climate damage, a new IPCC report declares. But limiting temperatures to an envisioned 1.5°C (2.7°F) above preindustrial levels is economically and practically impossible, as the work of new Nobel laureate William Nordhaus shows.

In the two largest circulating newspapers in the United States, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Lomborg argues that the solution to climate change isn’t to panic and double down on the flawed approach of the Paris Treaty. What’s needed is a vast increase in spending on green energy research and development to ensure that green energy can outcompete fossil fuels and becomes the first choice for all.
Lomborg also published articles on the report in Denmark's newspaper of record Jyllands-Posten, Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Finland's newspaper of record Helsingin Sanomat, and the leading Czech business newspaper Hospodarske Noviny, and discussed how we should approach the future regarding climate change on BBC Radio Scotland.

Growth will continue to lift hundreds of millions out of poverty

A growing number of academics are claiming that economic growth must stop because the planet is crossing environmental boundaries, and inequality between humans is increasing. They are wrong on both counts, and their agenda is a recipe for keeping poor people poor.
For the most important issues, growth has solved environmental problems, not created them. As societies become richer, individuals can afford to stop worrying about lacking food and sanitation, and start to worry about the environment.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by media outlets around the world including Berlingske (Denmark, print only), Channel NewsAsia (Singapore), Vecer (Slovenia), My Republica (Nepal), The New Times (Rwanda), Times of Oman, The Daily Star (Lebanon), Finmag (Czech Republic) and Jornal de Negocios (Portugal).

On his Facebook page, Lomborg presents additional data showing that no-growth or de-growth is a bad prescription for the world. Both within and between countries, life satisfaction increases with higher income.

No, going vegetarian won't save the planet

Climate change is both trivialized and hampered by unrealistic senses of magnitude, and by silly suggestions that an individual's actions can transform the planet.

Abandoning meat is now the latest advice for saving the planet, with some claiming that a huge reduction in meat-eating is "essential to avoid climate breakdown.”

In an article for New York Post, Lomborg looks at the evidence and finds that eating carrots instead of steak means you effectively cut your emissions by about 2 percent. This won’t save the planet.

Lomborg also discussed the subject on the FOX Business show Varney & Co.

Two leaders’ meetings show what is wrong with priorities

Global leaders recently swept into New York for the United Nations General Assembly. During the high-level get-together, two very different meetings held at the exactly same time revealed much about their priorities—and their flawed approach to the planet’s biggest problems.

While a gala event for the expensive and ineffective Paris Climate Treaty was well attended by world leaders, the first-ever United Nations leaders’ meeting on Tuberculosis made a far smaller splash. Yet, for an annual cost of one half of one hundredth of the cost of Paris, we could avoid the deaths of more than a million people each year from TB, as Lomborg shows in The Australian.

In a TV interview with France24, Lomborg explains why the Paris climate agreement is a highly costly treaty that will change little.

Adolescent mental health: pay attention 

Some 150 million people in India are in need of mental health care, yet this is seldom part of the conversation on public priorities. Early intervention is particularly important: globally 10-20% of kids and adolescents experience mental health disorders, and three-quarters of all mental illnesses emerge by the mid-20s.

New research for India Consensus makes a strong case to take adolescent physical and mental health seriously, recommending to prevent child marriage and anemia among adolescent girls, as well as school based behavioral screening.

Read Lomborg and Shireen Vakil's article about the findings in Deccan Herald.

Lomborg on social media:

Child mortality down from 14m children/yr in 1990 to 6m today

Deforestation declines as you get richer, eventually leading to reforestation

When you get people out of poverty, outdoor air pollution first kills more, then fewer people as they get rich

New Nobel Laureate shows optimal climate solution is moderate CO₂ tax to reach 3.5°C

Global deaths from storm surges have dropped 97%+

Why going vegetarian will only cut 2% of your emissions

Indoor air pollution kills fewer people as they get richer

Adaptation to rising sea levels could help *expand* wetlands by 60%

The effect of money on happiness and mental health

More global articles and interviews:

Four crucial policy interventions to help Bangladesh grow
The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

¿Son los hijos los causantes del calentamiento global?
El Tiempo (Colombia)

Políticas inteligentes contra el cambio climático
Perfil (Argentina)

El costo mundial de la violencia doméstica
La Nacion (Costa Rica)

Os custos globais da violência doméstica
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

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 named Think Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine, in US International Affairs. It has repeatedly been top-ranked by University of Pennsylvania in its global overview of 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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