Middle-class Americans gain 29% from foreign trade. The poorest tenth gain 62%.


Bjorn Lomborg

Oxfam's upside down inequality study

Oxfam recently made headlines claiming that the world's eight richest people have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. In an article for USA Today Bjorn Lomborg shows that Oxfam's methodology is flawed and that global inequality is actually declining thanks to 30 years of free trade lifting out billions from poverty.
Among other countries, the article was also printed in Denmark (Berlingske), Mexico, (Milenio), Peru (El Comercio), Italy (Il Sole 24 Ore) and the Netherlands (Het Financieele Dagblad).

The tragedy of killing TPP

With the USA's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), President Trump has eliminated one of the most significant poverty-reduction measures that would have been enacted this decade.
Lomborg explains in Boston Globe that the biggest problem with TPP was it did not go far enough. An even more powerful way to help the world would be a truly global trade deal, incorporating the entire planet.
The article is also available in Dutch language (De Tijd, Belgium).

Copenhagen Consensus one of the world's top think tanks

The University of Pennsylvania asked more than 2,500 journalists, policymakers, donors and scholars to rank the world's best think tanks in 2016.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is once again acknowledged as a top global think tank, and its campaigning for evidence-based prioritization of cost effective solutions to the biggest challenges at global and regional level was voted one of the world's top-15 advocacy campaigns, alongside NGOs that have 100-times larger budgets. You can support the Center's work by donating here.

A digital strategy for Bangladesh

Digitizing government services won’t feed the hungry or cure disease. But the cost savings could be redirected to these important causes.

In Wall Street Journal, Anir Chowdhury from the Bangladeshi prime minister’s digital taskforce together with Bjorn Lomborg explain why e-procurement and digitizing land records were identified as top interventions for the country by a panel of eminent economists.

The Paris Treaty won't save the climate

The Paris climate agreement and the US clean energy programs are merely a drop in the ocean for what is needed to reach the 2-degree-target. In his new video for Prager U, Lomborg explains that instead of these incredibly costly and ineffective policies, we should cut subsidies and focus on innovating green energy until it becomes so cheap it will outcompete fossil fuels. Bill Gates' R&D fund is already leading the way, but we need much more commitment from governments.

Lomborg also discussed the Paris Treaty and smarter climate policies with Dennis Prager on his radio show, and on Canadian radio with Danielle Smith.

The climate insurance policy

The much-needed green energy revolution will take time. That is why we should explore geoengineering as an insurance policy. The crucial benefit of investigating geoengineering is that it offers the only way to reduce the global temperature quickly, whereas any standard fossil-fuel-cutting policy will take decades to implement and a half-century to have any noticeable climate impact.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including New Times (Rwanda), New Vision (Uganda) and El Tiempo (Colombia).

Feeding infants well starts a virtuous circle

The Indian government and UNICEF are currently conducting the first ever national survey to measure nutrition levels of children in India. This is an excellent and timely endeavour that will help India to tackle one of its biggest challenges to development.

In Hindustan Times, Lomborg points out that research for Copenhagen Consensus shows that every dollar invested in better nutrition for young children in India could yield lifelong benefits of $93.

Better priorities for India, Bangladesh and the world

In two video interviews with Indian magazine Businessworld, Bjorn Lomborg discusses the Copenhagen Consensus Center's work on the Sustainable Development Goals, Bangladesh Priorities and the Center's upcoming project setting economic, social and environmental priorities for two states of India.

More global articles and interviews:

Research the key to beating global hunger
Business Day (South Africa)

Was 2016 the best year ever?
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Spend more on education
The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Det giver da ingen mening at subsidiere fede elbiler til rige mennesker
Politiken (Denmark)

Verden har det bedre, end vi tror
Politiken (Denmark)

Los pandas están de regreso
El Comercio (Peru)

¿Fue el 2016 el mejor año de la historia?
La Nacion (Costa Rica)

2016 foi o melhor ano de sempre?
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Pandy trzymają się mocno
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

A ishte 2016-ta, viti më i mirë?
Telegrafi (Kosovo)

New research: Kyoto did nothing

Industrial nations' CO₂ emissions decreased more in the decade before Kyoto

Simple mosquito killers are the new buzz in Gates Foundation’s malaria battle

Japan after nuclear: not solar and wind but more coal and gas, less energy

Congrats, world: MDGs saved at least 21 million lives

21m women have unsafe abortions, 13% of all maternal deaths

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

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 ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental 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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