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Improved water and sanitation essential for global development

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg There are plenty of things, which those of us lucky enough to live in the industrialised world take for granted; running water and flush toilets are among the most basic of these. 2.5 billion – almost half of the developing world – lack even a basic latrine, and 1 billion have to …

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Providing legal identity to all a great step for good governance

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Corruption last year cost the world more than $1tr. That is $1tr we can’t use to get better health care, education, food and environment. A study shows that corruption in Egypt costs each citizen about EGP 2,715 each year. And corruption is only part of the problem of poor governance – many …

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Build better roads to feed more people

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Almost one-quarter of all food in the world is lost each year, from harvesting and storage to wastage in the consumer’s kitchen. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 21% of all food is wasted. If we could halve the sub-Saharan waste, we could feed an extra 100 million people. We can expect almost a …

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Deadlier than Ebola

By Dr Bjørn Lomborg Ebola has received much of the attention in 2014, killing about 8,000 people. Over the same period of time, however, about 4 million people died from AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. The truth is that, despite great progress in healthcare, much of the world is still blighted by preventable disease, with …

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The most deadly environmental issue

  By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Air quality has improved dramatically in rich countries over the past century. Around 1880, when the air was worst in London, it is estimated that 9,000 people died each year from air pollution, about one of every seven deaths. Today, London air is cleaner than it has been since medieval times. …

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Empowering women benefits all, from the individual to the nation

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Even if we believe we have come a long way regarding gender equality, the fact is that up to today, women tend to hold lower-paying jobs, are under-represented in politics and the upper levels of business, and bear the brunt of domestic violence. In parts of the developing world, women have …

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Reefs are not just pretty, saving them pays off

  By Dr Bjørn Lomborg Biodiversity – the range of species we share our planet with – is important, but can we put a value on it? And can we estimate the benefits and costs of conservation? Professor Anil Markandya and two other economists (Luke Brander and Alistair McVittie) have written three new, scientific papers …

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Investing $1 in free contraception yields $40 globally

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg There was a time when we worried about a “population explosion”, with ever more people fighting over ever fewer resources. Yet, the population growth has decreased since the late 1960s, and resources have not run out. There are still population problems, but the two main ones are likely different from what …

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Invest in better energy technology to fight climate change

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Climate change has certainly received immense exposure among the most eminent issues of the 21st century so far. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon argues that it is “an existential challenge for the whole human race”. On the other hand, when over seven million people were asked by the UN what …

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