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Bjorn Lomborg

A menu for society

"Here’s $2.5 trillion. You have 15 years to spend it. How do you distribute this money in a way that will achieve the most good for the world?"

In Freakonomics podcast, with more than 4 million monthly downloads, Lomborg discusses how the Post-2015 Consensus project tries to put prices and sizes on the proposals for the Sustainable Development Goals like on a restaurant menu.

"FASCINATING Freakonomics podcast this week..."

Better measurement could cost $254 billion

Many are imagining a ‘data revolution’ around the new post-2015 targets, measuring development indicators much better.

But proper data for the currently proposed 169 targets could cost as much as 1/8th of all aid, finds new Post-2015 Consensus research reported by Reuters around the world, e.g.  Baltimore Sun (USA) or Firstpost (India).

Lomborg also published op-eds in the UK The Guardian and country-specific adaptations in Africa (e.g. Daily Trust, Nigeria) and Latin America (e.g. El Universal, Venezuela).

Morten Jerven, the lead economist for this assessment, continued the data cost discussion in the Huffington Post.

More work visas = $500 billion extra

Technology is an important factor for development as it makes people more productive and boosts economic growth.

Our new post-2015 research suggests instead of trying to take technology to people, what about if we took people to technology? For every dollar spent, we see $15 of benefits.

Wall Street Journal reports on the huge potential benefits from 10-year work visas in the Americas, and Lomborg wrote articles for TIME.com and several Latin American outlets (e.g. Los Tiempos, Bolivia) with country-specific data.

Cleaner cooking

saves 1m lives

Post-2015 Consensus research on the smartest targets for energy was just released. Providing 780 million people with clean cooking fuels would save more than 1 million lives each year. $11 billion spent will do $165 billion worth of good.

At the same time we need to phase out fossil fuel subsidies to reduce CO2, and double R&D in energy technology so in the future we have clean AND cheap access to energy.

Read more in Lomborg's op-ed for TIME.com.

The economics of violence

More news outlets picked up the Post-2015 Consensus research that domestic violence, mainly against women and children, costs the world economy more than $8 trillion a year. Lead economist Anke Hoeffler discussed the findings on CNN.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's column on how to prioritize our targets to prevent conflict and violence in six languages on Project Syndicate. Turns out: Smart targets against assaults can do $15 of good for each dollar spent. The article has been published around the globe, e.g. in Korea TimesThe NamibianLa Nacion (Costa Rica) and Jornal de Negocios (Portugal).

Welcome to the 20th paper to run 20 articles

We're pleased that Mail & Guardian, the oldest quality newspaper in South Africa, will publish our articles on each of the 19 topic areas, ranging from health and trade to education and infrastructure.

Mail & Guardian is joining these 19 other papers:

- The East African
- Daily Graphic, Ghana
- Daily Trust, Nigeria
- The Zimbabwe Independent 
- La Tercera, Chile   
- INFOBAE, Argentina 
- Los Tiempos, Bolivia  
- El País, Uruguay
- La Nación, Paraguay   
- La Prensa, Panama
- La Prensa, Honduras
- La Prensa, Nicaragua  
- El Listín, Dominican Republic 
- La Prensa Gráfica, El Salvador   
- El Periódico, Guatemala
- Milenio, Mexico
- El Universo, Ecuador  
- El Universal, Venezuela  
- El Comercio, Peru

Climate change is hardly the world’s biggest problem

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently gathered 120+ leaders for a climate summit “to make climate change a top priority for all leaders”.

But in the UN's own survey, more than 5 million people place climate change as their last priority, asking the UN to focus on more pressing problems such as poverty, education and healthcare.

Lomborg's commentary was published in newspapers around the world, including Economic Times (Times of India), China Daily, National Post (Canada), La Presse (Canada, in French), The Australian, Berlingske (Denmark), La Tercera (Chile), The European (Germany), and de Volkskrant (Netherlands).

Hopes And Fears

The New York Times recently interviewed Lomborg, Dalai Lama, Michael Bloomberg and others about their worries and hopes regarding climate change.

Lomborg points out that because cheap power is the foundation for economic growth, the solution is not pushing currently inefficient renewables, but to innovate down the price of future green energy.
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Recommended links:

Flujos financieros ilícitos
Los Tiempos (Bolivia)

Educación: beneficios para el mundo
Milenio (Mexico)

Die Welt bis zum Jahr 2050
Capital (Germany)

O problema do ensino universal
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

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Blog for Berlingske (Denmark)

Den tyske energikatastrofe

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Umoralsk prioritering af bistandsmidler

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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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