Bjorn Lomborg

Truth is the first casualty of global warming

BRUSSELS – The latest global climate summit in Poland has generated familiar predictions of doom and disaster from environmental activists. Climate change seems to freeze our capacity for critical thinking: we are too eager to believe the problem is far worse than science shows, and –...

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

The “No-growth” prescription for misery

LONDON – From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels. Their...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 11:26 PM

The R&D road to development

COPENHAGEN – When famine strikes, governments and international donors step in with life-saving aid. And rich countries give more than $130 billion each year not only to feed the starving, but also to build crucial infrastructure and reduce gaps in access to education, health care, and clean...

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

A development investment for the ages

PRAGUE – Malnutrition receives less attention than most of the world’s other major challenges. Yet it is one area where a relatively small investment can have the most powerful impact. An estimated two billion people do not receive the essential vitamins and minerals they need to grow...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Learning from Malaria

BERLIN – It is one of the best untold stories in the annals of development: great strides have been made against malaria, a disease that was once endemic across the world and, more recently, has remained the scourge of developing countries. Over the last 15 years, more than six million lives...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Learning from Bill Gates

NEW YORK – Everyone – from elected officials and bureaucrats to voters and taxpayers – can learn from the world’s largest charitable foundation about effective development spending. And these lessons are particularly relevant at a time when 56% of Europeans believe their...

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Geoengineering climate change

MALMÖ – Even climate activists increasingly recognize that the lofty rhetoric of the global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, concluded in Paris just over a year ago, will not be matched by its promises’ actual impact on temperatures. This should make us think about...

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Was 2016 the best year ever?

NEW DELHI – According to popular wisdom, 2016 was a terrible year. Horrific terror attacks struck many countries. The Syrian crisis claimed tens of thousands of lives. Turkey withstood suicide bombings and a failed coup. More than 70 countries experienced a decline in freedom. Political shocks...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rethinking energy-efficiency policies

KRAKOW – Improving energy efficiency is a fashionable policy that governments worldwide promote. On paper, it seems a no-brainer: improving energy efficiency is sold as cost-reducing, job-creating, and planet-saving. Win, win, win – and the media often help close the deal, focusing...

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

The evidence on education reforms

Bjørn Lomborg DHAKA – It is almost universally agreed that more education is good for society. But it turns out that some popular educational policies achieve very little, while others that are often overlooked can make a huge difference. Reducing class sizes would seem to be an obvious...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

The right targets for global health investment

Bjørn Lomborg COPENHAGEN – If the global media were your only source of information, you could be forgiven for thinking that the world’s biggest health concern right now is the Zika virus, or that last year it was Ebola – or SARS and the Avian Flu before that. Panic about these contagions has...

Friday, March 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

When is fighting corruption worth it?

Bjørn Lomborg COPENHAGEN – Some $1 trillion was lost to corruption last year. This is money that was not available for expanding health care, broadening access to education, improving nutrition, or cleaning up the environment. According to Transparency International, 68% of the world’s...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Pre-judging Paris

Bjørn Lomborg COPENHAGEN – The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this month is being billed as an opportunity to save the planet. It is no such thing. As I show in a new peer-reviewed paper, even if successful, the agreement reached in Paris would cut temperatures in 2100...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Smartest targets for the world decided by youth in Rwanda

In September, 193 governments will announce a set of targets to improve the world between now and 2030. Now young people from Rwanda, at multiple youth forums in Kigali discussing the post-2015 development agenda, have decided what they think should be at the top of the global priority list. At...

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

The Price of biodiversity

Bjorn Lomborg DHAKA – We humans do not only share the planet with a range of other species, including plants, animals, and even microbes; we also depend on them for our survival. Can we determine the economic value of protecting the natural world? Some people will balk at the idea of putting...

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

The population challenge

BRISBANE – When people think of the world’s “population problem,” they often focus on rapid demographic growth in parts of the developing world. But, globally, the population-growth rate is actually falling, and population is expected to plateau later this century. Though we...

Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Beyond Copenhagen: How it can succeed by failing

Should we be concerned that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference is not going to produce a concrete plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions? Lots of people clearly are. Indeed, while activists prepare to unfurl protest banners, politicians are scrambling for a face-saving way to declare the...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 12:00 AM

Beyond Copenhagen: How it can succeed by failing

Should we be concerned that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference is not going to produce a concrete plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions? Lots of people clearly are. Indeed, while activists prepare to unfurl protest banners, politicians are scrambling for a face-saving way to declare the...

Monday, December 7, 2009, 12:00 AM

Treason in the Air

COPENHAGEN – Discussions about global warming are marked by an increasing desire to stamp out “impure” thinking, to the point of questioning the value of democratic debate. But shutting down discussion simply means the disappearance of reason from public policy. In March, Al Gore’s science adviser...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 12:00 AM

Climate Change Posers

COPENHAGEN – One of the stranger spectacles of the climate change debate was the sight, earlier this month, of NASA climate scientist Jim Hansen marching hand-in-hand with Hollywood actress Darryl Hannah outside the Capitol Coal Power Plant in Washington, DC. Hansen promised to brave arrest at what...

Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:00 AM