Many key environmental measures are indeed getting better


Bjorn Lomborg

We should celebrate 
This morning in USA TODAY, Lomborg argues that in virtually every developed country the air is more breathable and the water is more drinkable than it was in 1970. Deforestation has turned to reforestation and ever-more people have access to clean water and sanitation.
This Earth Day, we need a dose of realism about real environmental challenges — such as the air and water pollution that make life so miserable for billions — and the real opportunities that exist for environmental innovation, to make our planet a better place.

Read the full feature on USA TODAY.
The End of an Affair
On Tuesday, a vote in the European Parliament confirmed that the love affair between the European Union and its climate policy may be well and truly over.

As Lomborg argues: This could turn out to be very good news for the world's climate.

Read the full commentary about this painful divorce in Wall Street Journal.

UK is Subsidizing Rich People
On Channel4 evening news Dr. Lomborg and Professor Arnell discuss if scientists got it wrong about global warming.
Lomborg poses the questions: Have UK tax payers really signed up for a climate policy that is only subsidizing rich people to feel good? See the TV clip here.

The joy of global warming

In a much commented front page feature in Sunday Times (behind paywall) Lomborg explains that climate change can be good for us and we are wasting billions trying to fight it before we need to.
Articles based on data from Lomborg's testimony to US Congress are being published around the globe. You can read the full article in The Australian, or in German in Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland).
The Electric Car's
Short Circuit

In his latest Project Syndicate commentary Lomborg turns to the lavish subsidies for electric cars, many developed countries provide: $7,500 in the US, $8,500 in Canada, €9,000 ($11,700) in Belgium, and €6,000 even in cash-strapped Spain.

In Denmark the tax exemption for an electric Nissan Leaf is worth €63,000. Yet there are still only 1,224 electric cars.

For every ton of CO2 emissions avoided the cost is €6,000 . In the European Emissions Trading System cutting a ton CO2 cost about €5.  For the same money, Denmark could have reduced CO2 emissions more than a thousand-fold.

Read the full commentary on Slate. The commentary has been published around the world and is available in 7 languages on Project Syndicate.
Are electric cars improving? Listen to a 5 minute discussion and test-drive with Lomborg on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Economic growth vs. CO2
Economic growth and CO2 growth are strongly correlated. This underscores the fact that nations don’t burn fossil fuels to annoy the environmentalists but because they support economic growth.

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