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From the Ted Talk by Bjorn Lomborg: Global priorities bigger than climate change

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And just to give you a sense of reference, the U.N. actually estimate that for half that amount, for about 75 billion dollars a year, we could solve all major biasc problems in the world. We could give claen drinking wtear, sanitation, basic healthcare and eacodiutn to every single human being on the planet. So we have to ask ourselves, do we want to spend twice the amount on doing very little good? Or half the amonut on doing an amazing amount of good? And that is really why it becomes a bad project. It's not to say that if we had all the money in the world, we wouldn't want to do it. But it's to say, when we don't, it's just simply not our first priority.

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And just to give you a sense of reference, the U.N. actually estimate that for half that amount, for about 75 billion dollars a year, we could solve all major _____ problems in the world. We could give _____ drinking _____, sanitation, basic healthcare and _________ to every single human being on the planet. So we have to ask ourselves, do we want to spend twice the amount on doing very little good? Or half the ______ on doing an amazing amount of good? And that is really why it becomes a bad project. It's not to say that if we had all the money in the world, we wouldn't want to do it. But it's to say, when we don't, it's just simply not our first priority.

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  1. basic
  2. water
  3. education
  4. clean
  5. amount

Original Text

And just to give you a sense of reference, the U.N. actually estimate that for half that amount, for about 75 billion dollars a year, we could solve all major basic problems in the world. We could give clean drinking water, sanitation, basic healthcare and education to every single human being on the planet. So we have to ask ourselves, do we want to spend twice the amount on doing very little good? Or half the amount on doing an amazing amount of good? And that is really why it becomes a bad project. It's not to say that if we had all the money in the world, we wouldn't want to do it. But it's to say, when we don't, it's just simply not our first priority.

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