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Scorecard for Humanity TED Talk

Bjørn Lomborg presented the Scorecard for Humanity  at TED headquarters in New York in October 2013

How much has global problems cost the world?

This unique research project has estimated the global costs of major problems from 1900 to 2050.

    A Scorecard for Humanity

    A Scorecard for Humanity fits into the ongoing conversation between optimists and pessimists for the last half century. The central question has been: what is the state of the world? The worries of overpopulation, starvation, pollution and running-out-of-everything staked out the pessimist case. The happy-go-lucky attitude gloating in the infallibleness of the market economy stood for the optimists. The results of our study have been published by Cambridge University Press under the book title How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard from 1900 to 2050 

    A new way to compare global problems

    "This book is a bracing tonic. An excellent survey for students, teachers, and the general public with a wealth of thought-provoking material. If you want to know how the world is doing, and get hard, comparable numbers to back it up, this is where to go."

    Alix Peterson Zwane, Executive Director, Evidence Action and the Deworm the World Initiative; Former Senior Program Officer on the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Top economic thinkers on the state of the world

    Copenhagen Consensus Center solicit ideas from some of the world's top economists. Ten experts have covered ten priority areas to give a breakdown of how much problems have cost the global economy. Is the glass half full or half empty? To see who participated, just click the link below.