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Global Crises, Global Solutions: Costs and Benefits Paperback – July 31, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521741224 ISBN-10: 052174122X Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 710 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052174122X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521741224
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'... an instructive guide ... a remarkable book which provides essential data for any informed discussion of vital world problems ... so often dominated by ill-informed debate. This book should prove necessary reading for all policy makers and philanthropists concerned with seriously tackling the world's challenges.' Nicholas Newman, www.oxfordprospect.co.uk

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The world's poorest people face many pressing problems from disease and malnutrition, through to conflict and climate change. How can the world best spend money to help resolve these problems? This book offers an authoritative and thought-provoking assessment of the costs and benefits of a menu of options.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kendall Svengalis on February 23, 2012
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This unique and invaluable examination of global health and environmental problems is an outgrowth of the "Copenhagen Consensus," an ambitious international project designed to prioritize solutions to the world's leading challenges, including climate change, communicable diseases, conflicts, education, financial instability, corruption, migration, malnutrition and hunger, trade barriers, and water access. Its authors include a number of eminent economists who provide arguments and data for prioritizing responses to these problems. In a world of finite financial resources, they apply the latest in scientific knowledge and cost-benefit analysis to various programs in order to gauge how best to achieve the greatest good for the money. Each problem is introduced by a world-renowned expert who analyzes the scale of the problem and evaluates the costs and benefits of a range of policy options to improve the situation. Alternative solutions are also offered by other experts in shorter pieces. All ten challenges are evaluated by a panel of economists from North America, Europe, and China who rank the most promising policy options. For example, the consensus is that it would be far wiser to spend resources on the immediate problem of AIDS in Africa than the more distant one of global warming. At the top of the group's list of 17 projects are control of HIV/AIDS, providing micro nutrients to combat malnutrition, trade liberalization, and control of malaria. At the bottom of the list were guest worker programs for the unskilled and the various projects to address alleged global warming. Bjørn Lomborg is Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Aarhus and the director of the Danish Environmental Assessment Institute. He is also the author of the bestselling book The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001). This is a fascinating and valuable effort to merge scientific knowledge with an understanding of economic realities in addressing pressing global problems.
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One of my favorite takes on the issue. Bjorn Lomborg has fresh ideas and is not afraid to look for solutions. The problem with most scientists is that they take themselves too, too seriously. Yes climate change is a huge issue, could be the greatest challenge civilization, and maybe humanity has ever faced, but it is not the end of the world, just our species in the worst possible case. Lomborg steps back and asks the valid question, how do we deal with it cost-effectively? practically?
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