Green energy innovation is 100 times more cost-effective than the Paris Agreement


Bjorn Lomborg

The courts are bad places to tackle climate change

As electorates and politicians remain unwilling to spend trillions on strict climate policies, activists have turned to a new strategy: shortcutting the democratic process through the courts.

The UN now counts at least 1,550 climate court cases in 38 countries. Germany's Constitutional Court recently handed activists their biggest victory so far, when it issued a ruling that according to Bloomberg "changed the course of Germany’s politics, economy and climate strategy for the next three decades." 

But this trend of forcing climate action through the judicial system is highly problematic: it undermines democracy, opens a Pandora’s box for all sorts of special interest litigation, harms the poor and sidetracks us from smarter ways to fix climate change.

Lomborg's new column is being syndicated around the globe, with publications so far including New York Daily News (USA), The Australian, Berlingske (Denmark), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Milenio (Mexico), The Punch (Nigeria) and Portfolio (Hungary).

How to fix climate change smartly

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a world-renowned think tank which has hosted events with multiple US presidents and many other international leaders and experts on critical global issues, just invited Bjorn Lomborg back to discuss climate change based on his latest book False Alarm.*

Lomborg argues in his presentation that contrary to common misperceptions, climate change is not the end of the world, and in order to tackle it smartly, policy-makers need to focus on a new approach: instead of the costly Paris Agreement, where each dollar spent yields just 11 cents of climate benefits, we should implement a modest, globally coordinated carbon tax which can generate $2 of benefits for every dollar invested. Even more important is a much bigger investment in green energy R&D, which will yield an impressive $11 of benefits per dollar invested.

Watch the 20 minute talk and lots of interesting Q&A:

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Pressing pause in climate alarmism in favor of smarter solutions

At his recent World Leaders Climate Summit, President Biden repeated his claim that climate change presents an "existential threat." Such reckless exaggerations about the effects of climate change are destroying our ability to make sensible decisions for the future.

In an op-ed for Forbes, Bjorn Lomborg argues that instead of hyperbole and alarmism, we should focus on straight-forward, effective solutions for both climate change and other pressing global problems.

How to prioritize the best solutions to global problems

Bjorn Lomborg and Prof. Jordan Peterson recently discussed a variety of topics in the realm of climate change and worldwide problems. Throughout the podcast episode - which has been watched more than half a million times on YouTube alone - they touch on climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, prioritizing solutions to global problems, achieving the highest return on investment, the apocalypse lens people apply to many global issues, making the poor richer, innovation, adaptation, selling and marketing solutions, and much more.

Finding the best policies for Malawi

Copenhagen Consensus is partnering with the National Planning Commission of Malawi and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) to find the most effective policy solutions for Malawi. Malawi Priorities will facilitate a prioritization of policy options for the country based on cost-benefit analyses. It will also seek to identify interventions that will enable the government to generate more financial resources to finance its development agenda.

New research is being released on a regular basis, and you can already read policy briefs and research papers on topics such as agriculture, nutrition, maternal health and HIV/AIDS.

The findings are also shared with the general public through various media channels.

Lomborg on social media:

The ‘green energy’ that might be ruining the planet

Rich people worry more about climate change

China is unlikely to increase its climate ambitions

India says it can't bind itself to net-zero target due to "astronomical costs"

Contrary to breathless climate reporting:  EU forests are burning *less*

What are the biggest environmental problems?

More global articles and interviews:

Making poor countries pay for G7 climate policies
The Punch (Nigeria)

Coronavirus: comment le système de santé de l’Inde s’est effondré en quelques semaines
Le Nouvelliste (Switzerland)

Pausar el alarmismo climático en favor de soluciones más inteligentes
El Periodico (Guatemala)

A karbonvám a gazdag országok bújtatott protekcionizmusa
Portfolio (Hungary)

Innego końca świata nie będzie. Adaptacja to nasze drugie imię
Gazeta Prawna (Poland)

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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