With India's election, it is time to focus on the most cost-effective policy proposals to help society and the poorest most


Bjorn Lomborg

Student protestors should demand better climate ideas

Around the world, thousands of children are striking for climate action. Spurred on by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, they want to convince adults to “panic”. But this global groundswell of energy ought to be redirected to achieve more for humanity and the planet.

In USA Today, Lomborg argues that rather than doubling down on the failed approaches to tackle climate change, "school strikers should call out the grown-ups using silly rhetoric to promote fantastically costly and ineffective solutions and instead insist on smarter ones. And they should double down on their studies to be part of the generation that will find vaccines for malaria, tackle hunger, fight cancer, while also innovating green energy to make it so cheap it eventually undercuts fossil fuels and fixes climate change for good."

The article was syndicated in many other countries and languages, including publications such as Die Welt (Germany), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Milenio (Mexico), El Comercio (Peru), Los Tiempos (Bolivia), La Prensa (Nicaragua) and El Universo (Ecuador).

Why we all need to cool down about global warming

Decades of climate-change exaggeration in the West have produced frightened children, febrile headlines, and unrealistic political promises. The world needs a cooler approach that addresses climate change smartly without scaring us needlessly and that pays heed to the many other challenges facing the planet.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate six languages. The article was published by media outlets around the world, including Shanghai Daily (China), Berlingske (Denmark), Interest (New Zealand), The Daily Star (Lebanon), New Times (Rwanda) and Jornal de Negocios (Portugal).

Are more people dying from climate-related events?

Are more and more people dying as a result of climate change? Such claims from climate campaigners might make for good headlines, but they are wrong. In fact, over the past 100 years, climate-related deaths have decreased some 95% because our increased wealth and adaptive capacity have vastly outdone any negative impact from climate when it comes to human climate vulnerability.

On the FOX News prime time program Tucker Carlson Tonight, Lomborg explains why we shouldn't fall for climate hysteria and what smart solutions to climate change could look like.

The right way to deal with extreme weather

In setting out a plan to make Manhattan better prepared for extreme weather, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is delivering a sorely needed message on climate change.

Usually when extreme weather like a hurricane hits, we hear the same old calls for drastic carbon cuts. Yet these are both ineffective and hopeless at helping victims of hurricanes.

In New York Post, Lomborg argues that adaptation actions, like building flood walls, grassy berms and removable storm barriers, mean we’re better prepared — both today and for whatever climate change may send our way.

Prioritize the prevention of domestic violence

The impact of domestic violence is vast, with costs for victims and society at large. New evidence for India Consensus points to additions that could be made to policies, by any government, to help reduce this cost and turn the tide on violence.

Two solutions studied - empowerment and education via self-help groups; and community mobilization - were both found to be highly cost effective. Besides the clear and important value of avoiding women pain, fear and stress — and, indeed, saving lives — this would also lead to greater economic output since a typical episode of domestic violence means a woman has to stop working for more than five days, as Lomborg explains in Hindustan Times.

TB treatment: an investment on the future

New research undertaken by India Consensus squarely places TB treatment among the top investments that India can make in order to help achieve the UN’s Global Goals.

As Lomborg explains in Deccan Herald, there are two reasons why TB treatment ranks so high. Firstly, the costs of treatment are generally cheap, and the cure rate is near 90%. In other words, spending relatively little money today can save a life. Secondly and more importantly, because TB is a contagious disease, identifying and treating a patient today can reduce the number of onward infections. This means more lives saved, less health expenditure in the future, or both. Every rupee spent on TB prevention achieves more than Rs 100 of benefits.

A bright future for India's farmers

Research for the India Consensus project also shows that the introduction of more electronic market places for food and agri-commodities could be a phenomenal investment in the area of agriculture in India.

Instead of dealing only with local traders in the farmers’ market, a farmer can theoretically buy and sell with the entire country. This improves prices because farmers have more people to sell to, and avoids farmers getting taken advantage of by unscrupulous local traders, because they can see all the prices across the electronic market.

Lomborg writes in India's largest business newspaper, The Economic Times, that even with pessimistic assumptions, every rupee spent on such e-markets could yield 65 rupees worth of benefits to society.

No, renewables are not taking over the world

We’re constantly being told how renewables are close to taking over the world.  We’re told they are so cheap they’ll undercut fossil fuels and reign supreme pretty soon. That would be nice. Unfortunately, it is also mostly an illusion. This short video shows why renewables are not likely to take over the world anytime soon.

Lomborg on social media:

How a shampoo bottle is saving young lives

Lower heating costs in the US save 11,000 people from dying every year

Being sensible is the difference between climate realism and climate alarmism

How our increase in wealth is connected to global warming

If "solar and wind are cheaper", why do we have to pay $129bn in subsidies?

Existing coal remains cheaper than solar

More global articles and interviews:
Organisations pledge to make India free of malnutrition
Business Standard (India)

Fleischfrei essen rettet das Klima nicht
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)

Problema real pero no el único
El Comercio (Peru)

Os fingimentos sobre as alterações climáticas
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Nie widzimy lasu zza drzew
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)


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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