Archive: Bjorn Lomborg sets priorities for saving the planet

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Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg comes up with surprising answers. Whether or not you agree with his results (and many TED.com commenters do not), it’s an invigorating argument, and a new lens on some global problems that might otherwise seem too big to comprehend. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:53)

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