Greenpeace should drop its campaign against genetically modified food. It is scare-mongering and causes terrifying real-world deaths.


Bjorn Lomborg

The alarming thing about climate alarmism

The narrative that the world’s climate is changing from bad to worse is unhelpful alarmism that prevents us from focusing on smart solutions.

Over the past 20 years, well-meaning environmentalists have ramped up the rhetoric and focused only on the bad news to make sure the public understands the importance of climate change. But this approach has distorted our climate conversation, as Bjorn Lomborg explains in his latest video for PragerU.

Focus on the UN goals that are the best value for money

As politicians gathered in New York to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, the need to prioritize is clearer than ever.  Bjorn Lomborg and Copenhagen Consensus Eminent Panel members Nancy Stokey and Nobel laureate Finn Kydland describe how to achieve this in The Guardian.

Zeroing in from 169 to 19 targets

Bjorn Lomborg discussed with Wall Street Journal's Mary Kissel the importance of being smart about spending. Focusing first on the development targets where we can achieve the most could do the same as doubling or quadrupling the aid budget. If we could spend the next 15 years' development budget ($2.5 trillion) in the best possible way, we could do $62.5 trillion more good.

Setting smarter development goals

At a global level, prioritizing the most impactful targets would include providing access to contraception to every woman, working much harder to prevent childhood malnutrition, and promoting free trade to reduce poverty. At a national or subnational level, however, priorities can be subtly different, as Lomborg explains in Boston Globe.

A Spanish translation of this article was published throughout Latin America, including in El Universal (Venezuela), La Prensa (El Salvador) and La Tercera (Chile).

Rethinking energy-efficiency policies

Upgrading energy efficiency is a fashionable policy that governments worldwide promote. But real improvements can be very expensive, and most programs yield modest benefits. It would be smarter to focus on different energy policies. Writing for Project Syndicate, Bjorn Lomborg cites Copenhagen Consensus research that shows that each dollar spent on R&D in green energy technologies could produce benefits about four-times higher than subsidies for energy efficiency.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Australian, Times of Oman, New Times (Rwana), Hospodarske Noviny (Czech Republic) and La Nacion (Costa Rica).

Greenpeace’s deadly war on science

Greenpeace should drop its campaign against genetically modified “Golden Rice,” which could help prevent millions of deaths in the developing world, according to 110 Nobel laureates.

In New York Post, Lomborg writes that disregarding the overwhelming scientific evidence on the safety of GMOs can lead to real-world deaths and explains why we should look at Greenpeace's scare campaigns with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Three smart solutions for nutrition
Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Interview at Meltingpot festival

Idiotisk at spilde milliarder på Tesla
Børsen (Denmark)

Drop tilskud til fossile brændstoffer
Børsen (Denmark)

Que políticas devem ter prioridade?
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Tesla y el efecto real de los autos eléctricos
El Comercio (Peru)

Polityka klimatyczna Obamy jest gorÄ…czkowym chaosem
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

Good nutrition is good economics
Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Lomborg's recommended links

Solar powered plane around the world in 1½ years. Took 80 days in 1873.

More momentum for clean energy

New polar bear hybrid not caused by climate. DNA now shows it was just a grizzly

Better priorities for Haiti

Violence, Terrorism Trending Downward

Bill Gates pledges $5 billion for Africa's development

US income inequality 5% lower in 2013 than 2007

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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