Life is better today than it was in the past. We should celebrate the progress we have made against disease, famine, and poverty.


Bjorn Lomborg

The decline of global inequality

Newspaper headlines suggest 2016 was a terrible year. But if we take a step back, it is clear that there are many reasons to be optimistic. Global inequality has declined over the past three decades, and quite rapidly in the last 15 years. Looking back even further, the data show that incredible strides have been made in reducing poverty and narrowing the gaps on income, education and health.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in four languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Australian, Times of Oman, New Vision (Uganda), New Times (Rwanda), The Daily Star (Lebanon), Arab News, Hospodarske Noviny (Czech Republic) and To Vima (Greece).

Economic growth can help the environment

2016 also brought good news for animal lovers when pandas were removed from the endangered species list. Lomborg explains in Hong Kong's newspaper of record South China Morning Post and Australia's highest-circulating newspaper Herald Sun that as societies get richer, citizens become more concerned about the environment. The article was also widely circulated in Latin American newspapers like El Universal (Venezuela) and Forbes Mexico.

Don’t blame climate change for extreme weather

Scarcely a weather event happens without someone pointing the finger at global warming and calling for action. But this is an oversimplification. Lomborg explains in Boston Globe that some extreme events are expected to become less frequent but become more intense. Some areas of the globe will benefit; others stand to lose. But cutting CO2 will do very little to protect us from floods, hurricanes and other extreme events. Instead, we need to focus on better infrastructure and poverty alleviation.

Discussing priorities with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister

Bjorn Lomborg just met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh in Dhaka to update her on the Bangladesh Priorities project and the role that the project’s research has played in helping Bangladesh reach its development goals.
He could also give her the very first copy of a book, summarizing all the smart solutions for Bangladesh, both in English and in Bangla. Copenhagen Consensus looks forward to the ongoing collaboration with the Bangladeshi government and civil society to inform better policy decisions and smarter solutions in 2017.

More global articles and interviews:

The great progress the world has made on education
BBC Radio 4 - More or Less

India, Trump and climate change: Unexpected opportunities
Times of India

Green energy a real solution to climate change
China Daily

How to make abortion rarer
The Economist

Has a Bangladesh charity found a way to banish extreme poverty?
The Guardian

Un potencial freno al cambio climático
El Comercio (Peru)

Comment nourrir la planète?
L'Economiste (Morocco)

Kan Trump leda till en bättre klimatpolitik?
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

ব্র্যাক শিক্ষার্থীদের সঙ্গে ইয়ুথ ফোরামের মতবিনিময়
Samakal (Bangladesh)

Lomborg's recommended links

Tribute to Prof. Tom Schelling

Higher income, lower dissatisfaction

China wind costs 50%+ more than expected

The decline of trust in the US, 1972-2012

Efficiency standards are, ironically, inefficient

Melinda Gates' troubling anecdote

Paris emission pledges far away from 2°C

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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