Ghana's leading newspaper: "Prioritising our developmental needs: The way to go!"


Bjorn Lomborg

How to save 1.4 million lives for less than $3 billion

Every two minutes, one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. A brand new report published by Copenhagen Consensus shows how targeted spending of less than $3 billion on family planning and Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care could save 162,000 mothers every year along with 1.2 million newborns.

Measuring the total value of these efforts, each dollar spent would achieve $71 of social benefits, making it one of the best investments in the world.

Bjorn Lomborg writes about this new study in op-eds for Los Angeles Times and multiple other newspapers around the globe, including Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Milenio (Mexico), Jakarta Post (Indonesia), Punch (Nigeria), The Nation (Kenya), La Tercera (Chile), Perfil (Argentina), La Prensa (Nicaragua), El Periodico (Guatemala), El Heraldo (Honduras), El Universo (Ecuador), Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia), Press of Atlantic City, Bangor Daily News and Las Vegas Sun (all USA).

On the Copenhagen Consensus website, you can download the full report as well as a booklet on maternal and neonatal health that summarizes the main findings.

Electric cars are no miracle climate cure

Governments around the world - from the UK to California and Quebec - have recently announced bans on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, lauding electric cars to be the solution to global warming.

But electric cars won't be a miracle cure for climate change, as they provide only marginal emission reductions at a very high cost.

Even if we managed to get 140 million electric cars by 2030, the IEA estimates this would reduce global emissions by a mere 0.4%. It's important we don't lose sight of the big picture: right now, electric car subsidies are something wealthy countries can afford giving rich elites to show virtue. But we need to find affordable climate solutions for China, India and nations in Africa and Latin America if we really want to make a difference.

Lomborg's analyses of electric cars were published in newspapers around the world, including Los Angeles Daily News (USA), Die Welt (Germany), Financial Post (Canada), The Telegraph (UK), The Australian, Berlingske (Denmark), Milenio (Mexico), El Universo (Ecuador) and many more.

Praise for Ghana Priorities: "The way to go"

A new editorial in Ghana's leading newspaper Daily Graphic highlights the evidence-based policy prioritization efforts of the Ghana Priorities project as the way forward for the country.

The editors praise the project as "important" and point out that it identified "the key priority needs on which to spend Ghana's resources to enhance accelerated development." They highlight some of the top solutions identified such as digitization and the fight against tuberculosis and malaria as areas in which "scarce resources could be put to great use," and urge decision-makers to focus on such cost-effective priorities.

Copenhagen Consensus will continue to disseminate the results of the research to decision-makers in 2021, making sure the newly elected Parliament has the best available information to set priorities for Ghana's future development.

Smart climate policy for Germany

Bjorn Lomborg has recently written a 6-part series for one of the biggest national newspapers in Germany, Die Welt, on how to think smartly about climate policy.

The full page, feature articles have been very successful with readers, and four of the analyses have been published to date. They've appeared in German language under the headlines

Moreover, Germany's newspaper of record, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, recently reviewed (in print) Bjorn Lomborg's new book False Alarm very favorably, concluding that the book is "unorthodox, remarkable and superbly written."

Lomborg on social media:

Why do we donate so much time and money inefficiently?

Measles surging as COVID-19 curbs disrupt vaccinations

False Alarm among the "Best Books of 2020"

Global weather-related disasters cost an ever-smaller share of GDP

We should focus on the interventions that do the most good for every dollar spent

The disconnect between the perception and size of environmental problems

More global articles and interviews:

Joe Biden’s climate agenda is all about creating a crisis — not actually fixing one
New York Post

Mod dårlige incitamenter kæmper selv uddannelse forgæves
Berlingske (Denmark)

Que el cambio climático no nos distraiga: hay otros problemas importantes
Milenio (Mexico)

Economics behind India’s rising child malnutrition
Indian Express (India)

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to do good in 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, Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 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 in International Affairs by Prospect Magazine. 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 dozens of newspapers across all continents.
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