Tackling one-tenth of Haitian deaths and helping the environment
Bjorn Lomborg discusses two new research papers which look at different ways to reduce deforestation and deal with the interlinked challenge of air pollution.
It sounds almost too good to be true: a single development investment that tackles one of Haiti’s biggest death-tolls and at the same time combats deforestation and pollution. That is what one contribution to the Haiti Priorise project suggests.
While some depictions show Haiti to be almost entirely deforested, recent work finds that up to one-third of land is covered in trees. In any case, having more trees can help Haiti, because it can prevent erosion, aid pollination, and improve water-flow."