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    Rich world raids development funds for climate

    Oped, Bjorn Lomborg, Published on 27/01/2024

    » Too many rich-world politicians and climate campaigners forget that much of the world remains mired in poverty and hunger. Yet, rich countries are increasingly replacing their development aid with climate spending. The World Bank, whose primary goal is to help people out of poverty, has now announced it will divert 45% of its funding toward climate change, shifting some US$40 billion annually away from poverty and hunger.

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    COP28 won't admit real cost of net zero

    News, Bjorn Lomborg, Published on 06/12/2023

    » The spectacle of another annual climate conference is getting underway in Dubai. Like Kabuki theater, performative set pieces lead from one to the other: politicians and celebrities arrive by private jets; speakers predict imminent doom; hectoring NGOs cast blame; political negotiations become fraught and inevitably go overtime; and finally: the signing of a new agreement that participants hope and pretend will make a difference.

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    Development goals need to be prioritised

    Oped, Bjorn Lomborg, Published on 20/09/2023

    » The world is failing on its development promises. These are known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by all governments in 2015 to be achieved by 2030. Progress across all these promises -- including in areas as important as eradicating poverty and ending hunger -- is happening at less than one-fourth of the pledged speed. On current trends, the world will reach its 2030 promises half a century late.

  • OPINION

    Best buys in health, development

    News, Published on 03/07/2023

    » The Global Goals are a phenomenal idea. They're what happened when the UN came together and said: "Here are the world's biggest problems, and here is how we're going to measure progress on them." The 17 goals include promises to end extreme poverty and hunger, fix climate change and education, and reduce inequality and corruption.

  • OPINION

    Why malaria still persists in much of Africa

    News, Bjorn Lomborg, Published on 12/06/2023

    » We think of malaria as a problem faced only by humid, hot countries. But just over a century ago, the disease thrived as far north as Siberia and the Arctic Circle, and was endemic in 36 states of the US. We don't have specific data that far back for Thailand, but back then, malaria is estimated to have killed 2.5 million people each year in the Western Pacific, Middle East and South Asia.

  • OPINION

    We need to stay on track for a healthier future

    Oped, Published on 31/05/2023

    » Over the course of the 20th century, tobacco smoking killed around 100 million people, most of whom lived in today's rich countries. Today the health burdens of smoking are moving from high-income to low- and middle-income countries. Some estimates even suggest that one billion people could die from tobacco use over the 21st century.

  • OPINION

    Two education policies to make a difference

    News, Bjorn Lomborg, Published on 15/05/2023

    » One thing that taxpayers and politicians agree on practically everywhere is that more money should be spent on children's education. This seems like a no-brainer: better education means children get a better start in life. But we need to be careful. Many popular educational investments deliver little or no learning, while we rarely hear about the most effective investments.

  • OPINION

    The digital solution to corruption

    News, Bjorn Lomborg, Published on 27/03/2023

    » Corruption is an enormous, global challenge, likely costing more than $1 trillion annually, or $120 (4,000 baht) for every person in the world. World leaders have long promised to tamp down on corruption, but unfortunately, we're getting nowhere. Now, new research identifies a surprisingly straight-forward, cheap way to reduce corruption that can also make countries hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.

  • OPINION

    UTN's real roadmap

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 02/03/2023

    » Re: "PM launches party campaign slogan in Isan", (BP, Feb 26). Unfortunately, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha continues to set a bad example for Thai students.

  • OPINION

    Time for a new 'green revolution'

    Oped, Bjorn Lomborg, Published on 24/02/2023

    » One of humanity's biggest achievements in the last century was making a huge increase in food production. From 1900 to 2000, there was a six-fold jump in crop harvests while the global population increased less than four-fold, meaning that on average people today have around 50% more food available than their great, great grandparents.

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