Another side of global warming: In the USA, 9,000 die from heat each year, 144,000 die from cold.


Bjorn Lomborg

What are the smartest solutions for a country?
We're now doing our first country prioritization with Bangladesh, the world's 8th largest country, and launching lots of research.
More than 800 people from government, NGOs, businesses, donors, multilaterals and academia have been involved in identifying 75 promising solutions, finding the costs and benefits of each.
The three largest bangla papers (each with 8-10 million readers) are engaging the country in thinking about which solutions should come first.
An Eminent Panel consisting of international and Bangladeshi thought-leaders including Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland will help find the smartest ways to help. Scroll down to read about the findings!

Overheated on Climate

Many discussions on global warming hype the bad effects and skip over the good. A new report by the US administration ignores evidence that cold temperatures kill 144,000 in the US, whereas heat only kills 9,000, Lomborg writes in Wall Street Journal.
Arguing – as the administration's report does – that global warming is universally bad for everything undermines the reasonable case for climate action.

Tesla 3 is Zero Emissions Only Because it Doesn't Exist

Elon Musk just presented the new Tesla 3 to a fawning press. But the model doesn't exist yet. And actually analyzing emissions from electric cars undermines the hype. They don't reduce air pollution – often they will increase it because of more coal use for electricity production. And they barely reduce CO₂ emissions.

All the world's electric cars sold so far will in total reduce CO₂ so much that it will postpone global warming by 30 minutes in 2100. The subsidy price tag: £9 ($13) billion in subsidies.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Britain's biggest quality daily newspaper The Telegraph, also in Australian Financial Review.

The Right Targets for Global Health Investment

Panic about contagion of illnesses like Ebola has spread far more rapidly than the disease. It has claimed many-times fewer lives than infectious diseases we hear much less about like tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, tetanus and measles. The death toll from non-communicable diseases like strokes and heart attacks is higher still. Policy-makers should therefore carefully weigh the most effective options for better health care.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The New Times (Rwanda) and La Nacion (Costa Rica).

How to Fix Global Warming Smartly

At the 2014 TED All Stars conference in Vancouver, Bjorn Lomborg points out that the solution to global warming lies in human ingenuity, as it has for many other problems over the centuries.

We need to invest in research and development of the next generations of clean energy, so green alternatives can eventually outcompete fossil fuels.

The project Smarter Solutions for Bangladesh applies the Copenhagen Consensus methodology to smarter spending priorities for Bangladesh. Research released so far in Bangladesh's biggest English-language newspaper, The Daily Star:

প্রাসঙ্গিক প্রবন্ধসমূহ

Articles and op-eds published with Bangladesh's biggest newspaper Prothom Alo, Bangladesh Pratidin, Financial Express, alongside interviews by the Daily Samakal.

In the news

A large number of Bangladeshi news outlets has covered the project, including The Financial Express, The Asian Age, Poriborton, and The Report 24.

Academic conference

On May 9-11, all participating economists will convene in Dhaka to present their findings to our Eminent Panel consisting of Finn Kydland, Nobel Laureate economist; Selima Ahmad, Founder of BWCCI; KAS Murshid, Director General BIDS; Mushtaque Chowdhury, Vice-chair, BRAC

More global articles:

Die globale Ungleichheit sinkt
Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)

Maailman köyhillä ei ole varaa halpaan bensiiniin
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Combustible subsidiado
La Prensa (Nicaragua)

Use cleaner stoves to cut 'household air pollution'
Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Fight outdoor air pollution with cleaner brick-making kilns
Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Lomborg's recommended links

Earth Hour: Turn On the Lights, Celebrate Electricity

Linking economies through transportation infrastructure

Why developing countries build coal plants

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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